Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:2567]: Case of Dr William Cullen. This links together some significant instances where Cullen mentions in passing his own illhealth, and letters in which his son Henry, standing in to respond to patients, mentions his father's increasing indisposition and terminal decline from late 1789 (not fully comprehensive).

Documents in this case

8 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:571]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply, for 'Mrs Wilson C[oncerning] Dr Wilson'. Cullen is still of the opinion that the case is one of gout, and declines to comment on her ailments until he has heard from her husband. Machine scribal copy; a postscript adds 'Being at present much distressed with the Influenza I have been obliged to employ an Emmanuensis'. 8 June 1782
 
[DOC ID:5229]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter concerning the case of Mr Vane. Reply to letter 2780, and was replied to immediately. Cullen describes how 20 years ago he suffered from palpitations, and continued to do so for two or three years. 30? March 1786
 
[DOC ID:5741]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply to Ensign McPherson concerning his own case. Cullen apologises for delay in replying as he was "seized with an ailment which has ever since made me very unfit for any business". 6 November 1788
 
[DOC ID:3619]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from George Burdon to Henry Cullen, describing his own case and referring to Henry's father's indisposition. Mr Burdon has tried salt of tartar dissolved in water, lime water, spermaceti and gum arabic, and is now taking bearberry leaf powder. 12 January 1789
 
[DOC ID:3452]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from Alexander Abernethie to 'Dr Cullen junior' (presumably Henry Cullen) on the case of Lady Banff. 'The advice...appears to me...very judicious, and therefore probably such as your Father, if his Health had permitted would have given me'. 16 January 1789
 
[DOC ID:5925]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply, 'Capt Enys', by Henry Cullen, who explains that his father received 'your letter of the 30th' but has been unable to reply due to a 'severe indisposition which has become daily worse'. 9 January 1790
 
[DOC ID:5926]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply, 'Mr Burdon', written by Henry Cullen, who explains that his father received 'your letter of the 22d currt.' but that he 'was and still is so very much indisposed as to be unable to do business'. 9 January 1790
 
[DOC ID:5927]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply by Henry Cullen titled 'Rev Mr Surtees'. The patient's ailment seems 'entirely constitutional', so may be impossible to remove entirely. He gives dietary and exercise advice, and instructions for bathing using the shower bath (not a numbered regimen, however), with a prescription. Henry explains that his father received 'yours of the 9th Decr', but that 'at the time he was extremely indisposed, and his ailment has gained so much ground upon him as to render him at present incapable of attending to business of any kind'. Henry's remark, 'Could I have conversed with my Father on the subject' may imply that Cullen can no longer speak. 11 January 1790
 

People involved in this case

16 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 3180] Dr Alexander Abernethie
[PERS ID: 3977] Dr Daniel Bridges
[PERS ID: 4763] Mr George Burdon
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 544] Dr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID: 5642] Captain John Enys (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID: 82] Mr William Ingham (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID: 5630] Miss Mackay (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID: 5840] Ensign Robert Campbell MacPherson (of Bialidmore or Bellidmore near Ruthven, Captain McPherson)
[PERS ID: 5125] Lady Jean Ogilvie (Lady Banff)
[PERS ID: 3966] Dr Joshua Sampson (Samson)
[PERS ID: 118] Dr Richard Story (Samson)
[PERS ID: 4333] Reverend Matthew Surtees (Samson)
[PERS ID: 5892] Mr Vane (Samson)
[PERS ID: 828] Dr Alexander Wilson (Samson)
[PERS ID: 2992] Mrs Agnes Wilson (Samson)

Unique Places linked to this Case

10 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe certain
SpecificForglen Turriff East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Hull North-East England Europe inferred
Place Penrith North-West England Europe inferred
SpecificUniversity College Oxford East England Europe inferred
Place Sheffield North-East England Europe inferred
SpecificBialidmore / Bellidmore / Bellesville Pitmain (Kingussie) East Highlands Scotland Europe inferred
Place Turriff East Highlands Scotland Europe certain

Places and role of place

13 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 Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Writing Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe certain
SpecificPlace of WritingForglen Turriff East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe inferred
PlaceDestination of Letter Hull North-East England Europe inferred
PlaceDestination of Letter Penrith North-West England Europe inferred
SpecificDestination of LetterUniversity College Oxford East England Europe inferred
PlaceDestination of Letter Sheffield North-East England Europe inferred
SpecificDestination of LetterBialidmore / Bellidmore / Bellesville Pitmain (Kingussie) East Highlands Scotland Europe inferred
PlacePlace of Handstamp Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Turriff East Highlands Scotland Europe certain