Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:1846]: Case of an unnamed female patient with a bad cough. Despite showing no signs of venereal infection she once gave birth to a child who the attending physician called 'one of the worst venereal cases in Children that ever had come under his care'.

Documents in this case

3 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:2560] 
Letter from Cullen's former student, John Stewart, concerning the case of a 27 year-old woman, whose second husband died of phthisis and the pox 4 years ago. She gave birth to a child, now dead, that the attending physician called 'one of the worst venereal cases in Children that ever had come under his care', although he claimed she herself was not infected. She has since remarried and had a healthy child, but she is now suffering from symptoms of phthisis and other ailments. 7 February 1785
 
[DOC ID:4983]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply, 'Dr John Stewart C[oncerning] a Lady'. Her case is 'very desperate': the physician who told her that her husband had not infected her with the pox was wrong. Cullen is convinced 'she now labours under a Venereal Phthisis'. He advises the use of mercury, even though it may 'hurry on' the Phthisis Pulmonalis fatally. He also tells Dr Stewart that 'this day a Gentleman by my advice given some time ago sets out for Southampton to be under your care', carrying a letter and directions – a reference to James Abernethie of Mayen. 15 February 1785
 
[DOC ID:2571]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from John Stewart, thanking Cullen for his response on his unnamed female patient. He informs him of Mr Abernethie's safe arrival, bearing Cullen's letter about him [ID 4981]. Miss Abernethie has been advised by friends in London to go with her brother to Madeira. The place of posting on the cover seems to be handwritten on as London, indicating that W Molleson provided a frank (free postage). 6 March 1785
 

People involved in this case

10 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 4257] Mrs
[PERS ID: 4259] Mr
[PERS ID: 4261]
[PERS ID: 4323]
[PERS ID: 5628] Dr
[PERS ID: 4254] Mr James Abernethie (Abernethy; of Mayen)
[PERS ID: 4255] Miss Jean Abernethie (Abernethy; of Mayen; Jane; later Mrs Duff)
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 4260] Mr W Molleson (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 4256] Dr John Stewart (Professor Cullen)

Unique Places linked to this Case

6 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Southampton London and South-East England Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Region Madeira Spain Europe certain
Place London London and South-East England Europe certain
Place Hampshire London and South-East England Europe certain

Places and role of place

10 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 Southampton London and South-East England Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Southampton London and South-East England Europe inferred
RegionTherapeutic Recommendation Madeira Spain Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other London London and South-East England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Hampshire London and South-East England Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Southampton London and South-East England Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp London London and South-East England Europe certain