Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:517]: Case of Mr Hugh Lawson who has developed pains in his joints, possibly gout or nephritic. His condition baffles local physician Dr John Gilchrist to whom he is related, but eventually proves to be a fatal case of kidney stone.

Documents in this case

6 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:2018] 
Letter from John Gilchrist, concerning the case of Hugh Lawson, a relation in his 60s. He suffered from ague when in Virginia as a young man. Now he suffers from gouty symptoms and the gravel. Gilchrist has been treating his gout with applications of mustard. However, Lawson's son's wedding has kept him busier than he should have been. He now has back pain, and 'foul, ...almost black or bloody' urine. The letter seems to be delivered by a Mr Muir. 13 June 1781
 
[DOC ID:150] 
Reply, for 'Dr Gilchrist C(oncerning) Mr Lawson', regarding his 'feverish symptoms' and cosidering whether his case is nephritic or gouty. Numbered list. Cullen suggests treatments and lifestyle for both possibilities, recommending lixivium if nephritic. 20 June 1781
 
[DOC ID:2025]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from John Gilchrist, concerning the case of Mr [Hugh] Lawson, who is 64. Lawson does not believe his kidneys to be the cause of his complaints, despite the state of his urine. Gilchrist also discusses the death of Mr [George] Mackenzie, who had been sent to the South of France, on the advice of Sir John Eliot, when his friends would have preferred him to go to Madeira. 1 July 1781
 
[DOC ID:2026] 
Letter from John Gilchrist, concerning the case of Mr [Hugh] Lawson. Gilchrist considers the use of stimulating applications to the feet in cases of gout. He describes a local remedy for gout: 'a tincture of two ounces of Gum Guajacum in three quarts of the best old Rum. – The dose unlimited, so that it is at least a good course of Dram drinking'. It was allegedly introduced by a 'Madeira Gentleman'. 13 July 1781
 
[DOC ID:5942] 
Letter from Dr John Gilchrist concerning Mr Lawson who has a stone in his bladder or kidney. Gilchrist seeks Cullen's approval for a plan to accompany Lawson to Edinburgh for a few days. 17 July 1781
 
[DOC ID:2062] 
Letter from John Gilchrist, following his return from Edinburgh. He describes the final stages of Mr [Hugh] Lawson's illness and his death, and also gives a report on the post-mortem, which uncovered 2 kidney stones, one of which was extremely large and could not have been passed, causing suppuration in the kidney. Handstamp very faint and therefore illegible. 12 September 1781
 

People involved in this case

8 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 2334] Mr
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 2272] Sir John Eliot (Elliot; Baronet)
[PERS ID: 115] Dr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID: 116] Mr Hugh Lawson (of Girthead)
[PERS ID: 2333] Mr William Lawson (of Girthead)
[PERS ID: 790] Mr George Mackenzie (McKenzie)
[PERS ID: 2479] Mr Muir (McKenzie)

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 Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe inferred
Place London London and South-East England Europe certain
Region South of France France Europe certain
Region Virginia USA North America certain
Country USA North America certain
Place Nice France France Europe certain
Place Nimes France France Europe certain
Region Madeira Spain Europe certain

Places and role of place

14 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 Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe certain
SpecificDestination of LetterCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe inferred
PlaceMentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other London London and South-East England Europe certain
RegionMentioned / Other South of France France Europe certain
RegionMentioned / Other Virginia USA North America certain
CountryMentioned / Other USA North America certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Nice France France Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Nimes France France Europe certain
RegionMentioned / Other Madeira Spain Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe certain