Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:553]: Case of James Orr who has a venereal infection in 1778, but by 1782 has abdominal complaints and various bodily pains which Cullen eventually attributes to a disordered liver.

Documents in this case

13 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:1488] 
Letter from James Orr to his friend Robert Cullen, seeking 'your Worthy Fathers opinion & direction' regarding his own case, a venereal ailment which 'originated from an unfortunate connection with an unfortunate fair one'. The 'enclosed case made out by my surgeon' is ID:1489. He begs that Robert will burn the letter. 13 February 1778
 
[DOC ID:1489] 
Letter from Alexander Taylor, concerning the case of Mr Orr. Enclosure with ID:1488. 15 February 1778
 
[DOC ID:4217] 
Reply 'For Mr Orr' concerning the diagnosis and treatment of a suspected 'venereal taint'. 17 February 1778
 
[DOC ID:1492] 
Letter from Alexander Taylor, responding to Letter ID:4217, concerning the case of Mr (James) Orr, who has been treated with mercury for genital and throat ulcers which Taylor is sure are venereal in origin. 19 February 1778
 
[DOC ID:2166] 
Letter from James Orr to Robert Cullen. Orr writes that he has 'now been confined to bed for more than three weeks by some very troublesome complaints' and is 'anxious to have the assistance of your very usefull Father'. Document 2167, and probably also 2176, was enclosed with this. 3 March 1782
 
[DOC ID:2176]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from Alexander Taylor, concerning the case of James Orr, writer, and brother of William. He is suffering pain in the side, and has had ulceration of the tongue and throat: 'I am much afraid that his liver is affected; but there has been no appearance of Jaundice' . Given lack of address and annotation, possibly originally enclosed with Docs ID 2166 and 2167?] 3? March 1782
 
[DOC ID:2167] 
Letter, or rather a very brief note from Alexander Taylor, regarding 'marine salt peculiar to Spain'. originally enclosed with Letter ID 2166. The specific query is answered by Cullen in Letter ID 286. 3? March? 1782
 
[DOC ID:286] 
Letter to 'Sanders' [Alexander Taylor], concerning James Orr. Cullen believes his disease to be a suppuration in the liver. He provides a recipe for antiseptic pills. He writes regarding Spanish Sea Salt (also called 'Bay Salt' or 'Great Salt)' that 'as the people of Greenock have it imported for curing their Herrings for the West India Market, you can easily procure a small parcel for your use'. He says he will stop in Paisley on his way back from visiting Craigends. 5 March 1782
 
[DOC ID:2174]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from Alexander Taylor, concerning the cases of the brothers James and William Orr. James has pain in the side, and has been coughing up bloody pus: 'I see it mentioned in your Practice that abcesses of the liver are sometimes expectorated but I do not understand this'. William's eyes are improving. He reports on the post-mortem dissection of the minister, Mr Hamilton. He also notes that 'After you left Paisley I found you had not been paid your fee', and discussed this with the Hamiltons and with Cullen's old friend Rev. Davidson of Inchinnan, whose father Cullen had attended. 16 March 1782
 
[DOC ID:291]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply to Alexander Taylor concerning directions for James Orr, and the absence of jaundice: 'there can be no doubt that an abcess has existed somewhere but whether in the liver or lungs is not easily determined and the discussion is not fit for my time or this letter'. He also refers briefly to James' brother William Orr's eye condition. Cullen also mentions Taylor's recent report on the post-mortem examination of the body of their mutual patient, the Rev. James Hamilton. 19 March 1782
 
[DOC ID:2187]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from Alexander Taylor, concerning the case of James Orr and reporting on the progress of William Orr. James has recovered, and William is improving, though not yet fully well. Taylor says he had not previously understood how pus from the liver could be expectorated. 8 April 1782
 
[DOC ID:526]  Linked to other Cases  
Reply to Mr Taylor regarding Mr James Orr and his recovery. Cullen recommends measures for 'averting Pneumonic complaints' and suggests that if Taylor requires further detail, 'I can give you very full instruction by sending you a Dissertation produced by one of my sons' (Archibald Cullen's dissertation De Frigore, Ejusque Vi Et Effectibus in Corpus Humanum (1780) (For Taylor passing on information in the the dissertation to James Orr see his response in Doc ID 2211). William Orr is also mentioned briefly. 10 April 1782
 
[DOC ID:2211]  Linked to other Cases  
Letter from Alexander Taylor, concerning the case of Mr Gillies, a minister, who 'was a quarter of a year ago suddenly seized with a severe faint which lasted for more than ten minutes', and then with a second attack when in Port Glasgow for a preaching engagement. He was treated there by Alexander Mollison. He has also been subject to cold-related eruptions on the nose, ear and mouth. Taylor also reports on the progress of the Orr brothers and mentions reading Archibald Cullen's medical dissertation De Frigore, Ejusque Vi Et Effectibus in Corpus Humanum (see Doc ID 526). 21 May 1782
 

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People involved in this case

17 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 545] Dr Archibald Cullen (Ar or Arch)
[PERS ID: 742] Lord (Judge) Robert Cullen (Lord Cullen)
[PERS ID: 504] Mr Alexander Cuninghame (Cunninghame; of Craigends)
[PERS ID: 1055] Reverend Archibald Davidson (Davieson; of Inchinnan)
[PERS ID: 2696] Mr Davidson (Davieson)
[PERS ID: 1424] Mrs Isabella Gillies (Davieson)
[PERS ID: 1465] Reverend Colin Gillies (of Paisley)
[PERS ID: 804] Mrs Elizabeth Hamilton (of Paisley)
[PERS ID: 2236] Reverend James Hamilton (of Paisley)
[PERS ID: 2695] Miss Hamilton (of Paisley)
[PERS ID: 121] Mr Alexander Mollison (Molison, Molyson)
[PERS ID: 2032] Mr Montgomery (Molison, Molyson)
[PERS ID: 210] Mr James Orr (Molison, Molyson)
[PERS ID: 211] Mr William Orr ((later) of Ingliston, then Ralston)
[PERS ID: 207] Dr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)
[PERS ID: 2400] Mr I or J Wilson (Sanders)

Unique Places linked to this Case

8 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 Paisley Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred
Place Port Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Country Spain Europe certain
Place Inchinnan Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
SpecificCraigends Houston (Houstoun) Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Place Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

Places and role of place

12 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 Paisley Glasgow and West 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 Paisley Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred
PlaceMentioned / Other Port Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Paisley Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
CountryMentioned / Other Spain Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Inchinnan Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
SpecificMentioned / OtherCraigends Houston (Houstoun) Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Paisley Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain