Cullen

The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

[Case ID:1818]: Case of Mr William Bruce of Stenhouse, who lost his health while long resident in Tobago and who suffers from fevers and other weakness since returning to Scotland.

Documents in this case

4 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:2935] 
Letter from William Bruce of Stenhouse, concerning his own case, as he is coming to consult Cullen in person. He lived in Tobago 1772-85, and suffered there from fevers and dropsical swelling. He was taken very ill with violent fever and a discharging erysipelas when at Brisbane (his sister's house in Largs) in June, and was attended by Drs Oliphant and Stevenson. He is still unwell, and has been advised to go to Bath. He encloses a prescription of Sir William Fordyce's, which he uses against the ague. 25 November 1786
 
[DOC ID:5365] 
Letter to William Bruce Esqr. concerning his own case. He has been to visit Cullen, who refers to 'the experiment of last night', presumably with regard to treatment. He has 'no doubt that the causes of an intermittent are lurking in your body'. He gives some dietary advice, and a diaphoretic prescription, and has no objection to his proposed trip to Bath. 28 November 1786
 
[DOC ID:5370] 
Letter to an unnamed physician (William Mackinnon Fraser) in Bath, concerning William Bruce Esqr., who is to deliver it in person. Cullen says he has 'often wished to have some opportunity of corresponding with you, and especially when I can find you a Patient'. He outlines the patient's history of illness in the West Indies and Scotland, and treatment. William Bruce will be setting out for Bath in a few days, and Cullen asks Fraser to reply after he has been in Bath for some time. 15 December 1786
 
[DOC ID:3003] 
Letter from William Fraser in Bath, concerning Mr (William) Bruce, whose illness he believes may be rooted in his liver, rather than from the effects of an intermittent fever. He is only able to take the waters externally. Fraser also discusses the nosology of cutaneous diseases, which 'we have frequent opportunities here of seeing', including lepra graecorum, which matched Cullen's definition, and two diseases mentioned by Hillary and Hendy, one of elephantiasis and the other of 'leprosy of the joints'. (His own Caribbean background may give him an interest in the subject). 22 March 1787
 

People involved in this case

10 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 5627] Mr
[PERS ID: 5637] Mr
[PERS ID: 5624] Mr William Bruce (of Tobago; of Stenhouse; Sir William Bruce of Stenhouse, 7th Bt, after 1795)
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 887] Dr William Fordyce (Sir William Fordyce)
[PERS ID: 4258] Dr William Mackinnon Fraser (5th of Balnain)
[PERS ID: 5633] Dr James Hendy (jr.)
[PERS ID: 5629] Dr William Hillary (jr.)
[PERS ID: 5625] Dr James Oliphant (jr.)
[PERS ID: 563] Dr Alexander Stevenson (Professor; of Dalgairn )

Unique Places linked to this Case

14 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
SpecificStenhouse Castle Larbert Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Bath South-West England Europe certain
Place Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Place Irvine Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Country Scotland Europe certain
Continent West Indies certain
Continent Europe certain
Country Britain Europe certain
Country Barbados West Indies certain
Country Germany Europe certain
Country Tobago West Indies certain
SpecificBrisbane House Largs Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

Places and role of place

16 found.

TypeRoleSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificPlace of WritingCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Writing Bath South-West England Europe certain
SpecificPlace of WritingStenhouse Castle Larbert Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Bath South-West England Europe inferred
PlaceTherapeutic Recommendation Bath South-West England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Irvine Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
CountryMentioned / Other Scotland Europe certain
ContinentMentioned / Other West Indies certain
ContinentMentioned / Other Europe certain
CountryMentioned / Other Britain Europe certain
CountryMentioned / Other Barbados West Indies certain
CountryMentioned / Other Germany Europe certain
CountryMentioned / Other Tobago West Indies certain
SpecificMentioned / OtherBrisbane House Largs Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain