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


People [PERS ID:707]

First NameJohn
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameFothergill
Maiden Name
Medical Professional?Medical Professional


Birth (year) 1712
Date of death (year) 1780


Physician, naturalist, medical journalist and Quacker philanthropist. Born in Wensleydale, Yorkshire but settled in London after studying medicine at Edinburgh in the 1730s. Gave the first full and accurate description of trigeminal neuralgia in 1773; edited and contributed to the London Medical Observations.

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 132Case of Mrs Woodcock who has suffered a paralysis down her left side.
2Case 392Cases communicated by Charles Broughton, a London surgeon, who sends Cullen letters detailing the successful use of his proprietary ointment that is supposed to cure tumours.
3Case 482Case 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.
4Case 794Case of Mr Thomas Irwin [Irwine] who suffers from swollen legs, itchiness and biliousness and which eventually proves fatal.
5Case 860Case of George Rae who has a nervous weakness and suffers from a great 'uneasiness' in his mind.
6Case 950Case of Mr Gibson of Kelton who has been affected by the cold in church and has an habitual cough.
7Case 1002Case of an unnamed 'young lady' attended by Dr Heysham for Typhus.
8Case 1102Case of a male patient of Dr Jacob at Wexford, a lawyer who suffers from gout.
9Case 1106Case of Mr Alexander Wright who has an oedema (dropsy), manifest as fluid retention in his abdomen attributed to his habitual heavy drinking.
10Case 1321Case of an unnamed male patient who writes of suffering bouts of severe chest pain since 1778.
11Case 1634Case of William Norris, a surgeon at Hull, who suffers from a range of symptoms including a hectic fever with vomiting and other stomach complaints considered 'nervous'.
12Case 1780Case of Mr Darrell who has various symptoms including a skin complaint, a cold, feverishness and a nephritic condition.
13Case 1850Case of a male friend of Dr Sue who sends Cullen a long case-history in French; his symptoms are primarily termed hypochondriacal and vapourish.
14Case 1917Case of an unnamed female patient who has a long history of being inactive, anxious and beset by various ailments, including swollen legs, an eruption on her face and other complaints as reported by Dr Holland. She has visited various English spas.
15Case 2389Case of the eldest daughter, aged twelve, of Thomas Gillespie, practitioner at Ayr.
16Case 2515Case of reverend Richard Lettrente.