Cullen

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

 

[Case ID:57]: Case of Captain W. R. Wilson whose 'seizures' Cullen attributes to 'nervous weakness'.

Documents in this case

5 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:1232] 
Unsigned and undated document headed 'The Case of Captain Wilson'. The patient has 'been two or three times infected with the venereal Disease', but free from that for over 15 years. He has, however, been 'subject to violent palpitations of the Heart, and sometimes to giddiness of the Head, with noises & dimness of sight'. Writer identified as a 'Mr Bruce' from the reply (ID:378), and Wilson's own letter (ID:1233). January? 1776?
 
[DOC ID:378] 
Reply 'For Captn Wilson', whose ailments Cullen says are entirely a disorder of the nervous system. He should 'study tranquillity of mind & avoid any emotion or flurry'. He advises a perpetual blister on the crown of the head, or else a pea issue in the neck, and gives cephalic recipes. Cold bathing may be useful, but not at this time of year. 8 January 1776
 
[DOC ID:1233] 
Letter from W. R. Wilson describing his own case, 'which was laid before you by Mr Bruce and to which I have received your very satisfactory Opinion' (see document ID:1232 and Cullen's reply at document ID:378). Wilson informs Cullen of a number of circumstances left out of Bruce's earlier report, including his continued weak digestion and asks various questions concerning medicines, bleedings and regimen. 22 January 1776
 
[DOC ID:5984] 
Reply [to Mr Bruce] with directions for Captain Wilson, who has a delicate nervous system requiring management, in which Cullen registers his esteem for a Dr Ash, but begs to differ on the most appropriate dietary requirements. The cross-refernce to 'p.109' in the heading seems confused since the entry on that page has no obvious connection with this case [see Document:3867]. 29 February 1776
 
[DOC ID:1256] 
Letter from John Ash concerning the case of Captain Wilson, and begging to differ over Cullen's opinion of the case - which has been misrepresented - as being epileptic rather than apoplectic. The patient's reading of William Cadogan's A Dissertation on the Gout and on All Chronic Diseases (1771) is mentioned. 30 March 1776
 

People involved in this case

6 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 502] Dr John Ash
[PERS ID: 501] Mr Bruce
[PERS ID: 2298] Dr William Cadogan
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 145] Mrs Wilson (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 500] Captain W R Wilson (Professor Cullen)

Unique Places linked to this Case

5 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 Solihull Midlands England Europe inferred
Place Bath South-West England Europe certain
Place Birmingham Midlands England Europe certain

Places and role of place

8 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 inferred
PlacePlace of Writing Birmingham Midlands England Europe certain
PlacePlace of Writing Solihull Midlands England Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Solihull Midlands England Europe inferred
PlaceMentioned / Other Bath South-West England Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Birmingham Midlands England Europe certain