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


People [PERS ID:1815]

First NameGeorge
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameCheyne
Maiden Name
Medical Professional?Medical Professional


Birth (year) 1671
Date of death (year) 1743


Famously celebrity physician from Methlick, Aberdeenshire. Practiced at Bath where he specialised in "nervous" disorders. He promoted 'light' semi-vegetarian diets amongst the rich and famous of Hanoverian Britain. Cheyne, a 'whimsical', but popular figure, was the most successful medical author of the early eighteenth-century whose works include An Essay on Health and Long Life (1724, and much reprinted) and The English Malady (1733), a patriotic study of nervous disorders. , which he attributed to a modern consumer lifestyle marked by lack of exercise, heavy, meat-rich diets and stuffy city rooms. The latter contains his influential 'The Authors' Own Case at Large', and autobiographical account of his own struggles with ill-health and obesity, Mentioned in Cullen's directions to Mr Burnett: '...particularly your suppers should be light & little. I don't say with Dr Cheyne the lightest & the least'.

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 581Case of W. Burnett suffering from incontinency of urine while sleeping.
2Case 1076Case of 'J. C.', a 22 year old male student who suffers a range of distressing symptoms which he fears are signs of hypochodria brought on by intense study. Circumstances closely match those of James Currie.
3Case 1511Case of the second son of Antonio Marchionne, who is suffering from epilepsy, as reported by William Batt.
4Case 2107Case of an unnamed clergyman troubled with passing sand in his urine, a stranguary, then Priapism.
5Case 2206Case of Mr Spalding who has an 'effection of the lungs'.
6Case 2558Case of Antonio Marchionne 'of a noble Genoese family', sent alongside directions for his epileptic son.