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


People [PERS ID:477]

First NameJohn
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameHeysham
Maiden Name
OccupationPhysician, Demographer and Medical Writer
Medical Professional?Medical Professional


Birth (year) 1753
Date of death (year) 1834


A leading physician and demographer. Studied medicine at Edinburgh attending the lectures of Alexander Monro Secundus, Joseph Black, and Cullen, graduating MD in 1777. Settled in Carlisle where he practiced medicine but also had successful business interests. Published his own statistical findings on fevers and mortality rates.

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 794Case of Mr Thomas Irwin [Irwine] who suffers from swollen legs, itchiness and biliousness and which eventually proves fatal.
2Case 986Case of Miss Hodgson, who has diarrhoea and symptoms suggesting consumption.
3Case 1002Case of an unnamed 'young lady' attended by Dr Heysham for Typhus.
4Case 1135Case of Master John Leveck, a fourteen-year-old youth who has been deaf since suffering from scarlet fever.
5Case 1245Case of Miss Brown who has a very serious dry cough and other pulmonary symptoms which prove fatal.
6Case 1409Case of Captain Holmes who becomes increasingly weak, emaciated, swollen and eventually dies. Cullen had considered it an incurable case of hypochondriasis and hereditary weak nerves.
7Case 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'.
8Case 1592Case of Barbara Percy, daughter of Dr Percy, whose pain in her side is diagnosed as a nervous, hysteric condition.
9Case 1623Case of Mrs Langton, a patient of Dr Heysham's who is 'strongly threatened with a Phthisis'.
10Case 1830Case of Miss Johanna Gale which Cullen finds 'dark' but he thinks it may be attributable to a visceral obstruction.
11Case 1875Case of an unnamed male patient who has 'for some years, been affected with an eruption which chiefly affects the back part of both his hands', as reported by Dr Heysham.
12Case 2001Case of George Gordon at Carnshalloch House, Kirkton near Dumfries (but his father appears to be in London), an infant who is being treated with laudanam.
13Case 2002Case of Francis Johnston at Carnsalloch House, Kirkton near Dumfries, an infant who has problems with deafness.
14Case 2137Case of an unnamed patient with diabetes.
15Case 2160Case of Mr Miller who requests to be bled.
16Case 2494Case of an unnamed patient of about 30, mentioned in relation to a cure for Anasarca and Ascetes.