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


People [PERS ID:89]

First NameAlexander
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameMonro
Maiden Name
AKAsecundus; Munro
Medical Professional?Medical Professional


Birth (year) 1733
Date of death (year) 1817


Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh from 1758, who succeeded to the post as the son of the former professor, Dr Alexander Monro (primus). Monroe Secundus, published several works on academic anatomy. As the leading anatomist in Scotland he can be found being consulted in cases he shared with his colleague Cullen. He was the father of Alexander Monro (tertius), b.1773.

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 20Case of Mrs Douglas, weakening with a chest complaint.
2Case 52Case of Miss Mary Peareth who has a painful bladder condition.
3Case 149Case of Mrs Hodgson being treated for a breast tumour.
4Case 226Case of Mrs Mary Lockhart of Lee who has longstanding menstrual and stomach disorders.
5Case 245Case of Colonel Napier who may be able to avoid surgery if he follows a strict regimen provided.
6Case 251Case of Mr Mee's 'friend' which is venereal.
7Case 368Case of David McLean who sends a very long account of his various 'nervous' symptoms following an injury to his foot; later, in 1784, he contacts Cullen again over the ill-effects of living in a damp house.
8Case 424Case of Baillie Rodger, who has suffered a paralytic attack.
9Case 470Case of Mr John Hunter who is being advised over a discharge on his leg and for dropsy jointly by Cullen and Dr Monro.
10Case 681Case of Andrew McCulloch who has been advised by Alexander Monro for an abdominal disorder.
11Case 704Case of "A. B.", the four-year-old son of Mr Samuel Thomson on the island of St Croix who has lost his speech and developed a 'spasmodic' condition in his arm since being inoculated against smallpox.
12Case 729Case of Dr Garrioch [Garioch] who has a problem with his foot which Cullen has discussed with his colleague Dr Alexander Munro.
13Case 747Case of Mr Ralph Bates who has rheumatic pains and a liver and bowel complaint which proves fatal.
14Case 763Case of the Reverend Mr Cooper [Cowper] who in 1776 is being dosed with various medicines. In 1789 he has a cough and has suffered some sort of blackout.
15Case 924Case of Mr James Henry who is advised not to use electricity to treat an unspecified condition.
16Case 940Case of Mr Archibald who is in a dangerous condition with blood-spitting, cough and fever.
17Case 982Case of Mrs Smallwood who has a breast tumour.
18Case 1000Case of Captain Ogilvy, Kinordie [Kinnordy], who is being further advised over costiveness and a bladder condition, both of which improve.
19Case 1043Case of Captain Gordon of Achanachie who has gravel in his urine.
20Case 1135Case of Master John Leveck, a fourteen-year-old youth who has been deaf since suffering from scarlet fever.
21Case 1136Case of "little Clark", the grandson of Robert Bogle of Shettleston.
22Case 1188Case of 'a lady' at Hamburg with an 'hysteric' or 'spasmodic' condition but, needing more information, Cullen sends queries.
23Case 1222Case of Miss Amelia Clephane who in late-1779 is thought to have a temporary 'affection of the stomach and nerves'; in 1783 Cullen detects no particular disorder, but provides a regimen to manage her 'weak nerves'.
24Case 1241Case of Mr George Maculloch [Macculloch, MaCullock] who attributes his current languorous complaints to sexual 'infatuation' but which Cullen describes as 'a weak state of nerves and therefore of stomach'.
25Case 1299Case of R. Robertson who has a long-standing, intermittent urinary complaint.
26Case 1367Case of Lady Helen Stuart of Castlemilk who reports flying rheumatic pains, a skin eruption and pains in her abdomen.
27Case 1376Case of Provost (Commissioner) Buchanan who suffers from weakness and whose gout is exacerbated 'by the popery mob'.
28Case 1380Case of Miss Ross whose illness is attributed to an internal glandular 'obstruction'.
29Case 1433Case of the anonymised 'Mr. M.' who has long suffered from a 'cuteneous eruption', suspected of being the result of an unresolved 'venereal taint' and who also has anxieties over 'nocturnal emissions'.
30Case 1475Case of Samuel Laing.
31Case 1486Case of Mr. William Foster whose bilious disorder is attributed to the effects of having resided in the warm climate of the West Indies.
32Case 1508Case of Lieutenant William Horne, who visits Cullen from Ireland in April 1782 to seek advice for a long-standing disorder characterised by pains around his kidney and sediment in his urine and for which he seeks advice again in October 1783.
33Case 1522Case of the Honorable William Murray who has a long-standing condition which is being treated with electricity.
34Case 1523Case of Mr Sherrif who has gout.
35Case 1532Case of the infant daughter Mr Macknight. She has a 'paralytic' condition of her arm and shoulder for which she is given electrical treatment.
36Case 1572Case of Miss Ellison who suffers from a number of conditions including costiveness, a nervous complaint in her head and an inflamed eye.
37Case 1575Case of Mr M. Bell who has jaundice, a painful rheumatic shoulder and calculi.
38Case 1577Case of Mr Duncan who is concerned about his eyes which are then treated with electricity.
39Case 1591Case of Dr Percy, Bishop of Dromore, who experiences a strange sensation in his head when he lies on one side which can lead to a complete 'loss of his faculties'.
40Case 1621Case of Miss Campbell of Saddle diagnosed with chorea and worms.
41Case 1693Case of Mr Livingston of Parkhall who has a chest complaint, with asthma and a cough.
42Case 1703Case of Dr G. Watts who insists he has had a weak stomach for over thirty years.
43Case 1714Case of Baron Heynitz in Berlin, who is advised on his gout.
44Case 1729Case of Miss Lockhart (assumed to be the daughter of Count Lockhart) who is advised to take whey and other matters of regimen for an unspecified condition. Poor copies hinder establishing full details.
45Case 1761Case of Mr Ellison whose complicated complaints stem from a gouty disposition.
46Case 1817Case of Governor Charles Bell, whose condition is diagnosed as gouty and nephritic.
47Case 1954Case of the Hon. Mr Murray of Aiton who has a pectoral complaint and an unspecified disorder of his leg.
48Case 2014Case of Mrs Murray who experiments with using a swing according to the published method devised by Dr Smith.
49Case 2039Case of Mr Provan who has an inflammation of his eye.
50Case 2064Case of Thomas Younghusband who is thought to have gout.
51Case 2097Case of A. Pringle, a young boy who, since being very scared by his nurse telling him a tale of the devil when he was ten, barely speaks and behaves oddly, as reported by William Elliot. Described as a case of 'fatuity'.
52Case 2137Case of an unnamed patient with diabetes.
53Case 2163Case of the wife of Captain Joseph Wood who has a discharge (fluor albus).
54Case 2169Case of John Martin with a long and complex history of headaches and, more recently, rectal pain - traced back to having had smallpox at the age of twelve.
55Case 2186Case of Mrs Baillie of Dochfour, whose condition is 'very purely Epileptic'.
56Case 2258Case of young Mr Leitch [Litch], who is diagnosed as having a 'fullness of the bloodvessels of the brain'.
57Case 2264Case of Captain Campbell who has developed eye problems.
58Case 2277Case of Lord Lauderdale.
59Case 2372Case of 'Mr Wallace's patient' an unnamed woman of forty-one with a 'weed' (puerperal fever) and other complications after childbirth.
60Case 2471Case of Mr Foster Junior with a complaint of the eyes.
61Case 2501Case of Miss Ogilvy.
62Case 2566Case of Cullen's close associate Dr Alexander Stevenson. Professor at Glasgow, who injures himself getting out of a coach. Cullen is not being formerly consulted, but observes that it will hinder his friend dancing.
63Case 2569Case of Mr McLeod at Murkle, marked XYZ at his instruction and sent to Cullen by Dr Sinclair (but this document untraced).