Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:482]: Case of Miss Anne Downman, sister of Dr Hugh Downman, who has suffered from hysterical symptoms and urinary tract ailments since the death of a brother in 1771.

The circumstances of dating for this case is a little unusual - it appears as though the case note were written a year prior to the author approaching Cullen, and because it was thus dated, has at some point been rearranged within the collection of material so as to be bundled with other documents from that year.

Documents in this case

4 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:1103] 
Letter from the physician, poet and dramatist Hugh Downman in Exeter, promising to send the case of his sister and also including draft of address to Cullen which he seeks permission to include in Book 3 of his work Infancy: Or, The Management of Children: a Didactic Poem, published in stages between 1774 and 1790. The lines were included in the published version first appearing in 1776. and lacunae in the manuscript due to damage are supplied from this printed edition. Downman had studied medicine under Cullen. 4 January 1775
 
[DOC ID:875] 
Case of Miss Downman, this time written in English, as sent by her brother the physician and poet Hugh Downman, who had attended Cullen's lectures. His sister is very suspicious of professional diagnoses which suggest that her 'Hysteria" is a purely mental disorder. February 1775?
 
[DOC ID:874] 
Case note on 'Mistress A. Downman of the County of Devon', in Latin, by her brother, the physician and poet Hugh Downman. She has been suffering from grief, bouts of weeping, and prickling sensations like those of gorse, since the death of another brother in 1771. She has consulted Fothergill in London. She becomes angry if it is suggested that the cause is in her imagination. 7 February 1774
 
[DOC ID:3774] 
Reply to 'Mr [Hugh] Downman', regarding his sister, Miss Downman, who has 'a great deal of bodily disease', as well as 'a weakness and delicacy of the nervous system'. 14 March 1775
 

These documents contain one or more that share the same date. We have manually applied an order based on what we know.

People involved in this case

10 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 5876]
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 455] Dr Hugh Downman (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 456] Miss Anne Downman (Ann)
[PERS ID: 5869] Mr John Downman (Ann)
[PERS ID: 5877] Mr Hugh Downman (of Newton House, St. Cyrus)
[PERS ID: 5878] Mrs Anne Downman (of Newton House, St. Cyrus)
[PERS ID: 707] Dr John Fothergill (of Newton House, St. Cyrus)
[PERS ID: 997] Dr William Heberden (of Newton House, St. Cyrus)
[PERS ID: 522] Sir John Pringle (of Newton House, St. Cyrus)

Unique Places linked to this Case

4 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
Place Exeter South-West England Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Place London London and South-East England Europe certain
Place Hampshire London and South-East England Europe certain

Places and role of place

8 found.

TypeRoleSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
PlacePlace of Writing Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
PlacePlace of Writing Exeter South-West England Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
PlaceDestination of Letter Exeter South-West England Europe inferred
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
PlacePlace of Handstamp Exeter South-West England Europe certain