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


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This category includes all the forms of treatment mentioned in the letters. They range from the very common practice of phlebotomy (blood-letting) and other surgical procedures to the use of a Flesh-brush, recommended to clean the skin and stimulate the nerves, the fashionable use of electricity, deployed largely as a stimulant in cases of paralysis, and the Chamber Horse, the precursor of the exercise machine; as well as more obscure practices such as an isolated reference to 'Wrapping in Sheepskin'.

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