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


People [PERS ID:588]

First NameAlexander
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameWood
Maiden Name
Medical Professional?Medical Professional


Birth (year) 1726
Date of death (year) 1807


Celebrated Edinburgh surgeon and associate of William Cullen. He was consulted over Walter Scott's lameness.

Further Information about this person

ODNBAlexander Wood's entry in the Oxford DNB

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 9Case of Dr Thomas Mutter who has suffered 'a palsy' (stroke).
2Case 172Case of Captain John Gardiner, who has an ulcerated lip.
3Case 195Case of James [Jamie] Cochrane seriously ill with a hard, swollen abdomen and whose case proves fatal.
4Case 210Case of Alexander Inglis of Murdiston, who is being treated for a persistent gleet and related symptoms of an inflammation of the urinary tract.
5Case 217Case of James Sturrock who complains of giddiness and vomiting while being treated with an 'issue' on his head.
6Case 300Case of William Hogg who has ulcers and then a severe cough.
7Case 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.
8Case 443Case of Mr Henry Lochead who regularly travels between Virginia and Glasgow who has a genito-urinary complaint which may be venereal.
9Case 653Case of an unnamed 15-year-old female patient, whose behaviour has suddenly changed, becoming paranoid, with wild, incoherent outbursts.
10Case 724Case of Mr McDowall [Douall], who developed a rheumatic complaint while in America, followed by other episodes of illness, including an injured leg from being knocked into by a horse.
11Case 746Case of Lord Dalzell who has a protracted illness which includes pains in abdomen.
12Case 749Case of William Macalpine who has swellings or 'boils' in his groins which he is hoping are not venereal.
13Case 759Case of the twelve year old son of Mr Lyel [Lyell] who suffers from convulsive fits.
14Case 811Case of Mrs Gordon who has a serious 'visceral obstruction' which Cullen thinks may be a tumour, ovarian in origin.
15Case 851Case of 'Harpsdale's son', Alexander Sinclair, a young boy who is troubled with spreading tumours on his leg and arms.
16Case 890Case of the aged Mr Heriot at Ladykirk who is lethargic and has a weak bladder; he then develops a fever which proves fatal.
17Case 920Case of the Captain Gray who has a venereal infection.
18Case 1044Case of Miss Home, sister of William Home at Berwick, who has a bad cough and spits blood; suspected of being a consumptive.
19Case 1117Case of Miss [Amelia] Farquharson of Invercauld who travels to Edinburgh to see Cullen but whose dangerously advanced consumption soon proves fatal.
20Case 1153Case of Miss Murdoch who has had a cough, not thought dangerous but is given detailed directions on managing her health over the next twelve months.
21Case 1156Case of Miss MacDuff: complex set of letters relating to the Macduff family.
22Case 1181Case of Miss Ker, a child bitten by a mad dog.
23Case 1221Case of Miss Stewart who has been examined by the surgeon Mr Wood who suspects she has a uterine tumour.
24Case 1256Case of Provost Walter Hamilton at Murdieston who suffers from various symptoms including boils on his back, a swimming head, bouts of delerium and memory loss.
25Case 1334Case of Miss Mansfield who is given detailed directions on taking a course of goat's whey.
26Case 1345Case of the Earl of Panmure whose compaints are considered 'entirely rheumatic'.
27Case 1349Case of Mrs Wortlie Moir who has cold 'fits', a bad cough and breathing problems.
28Case 1362Case of Colonel Macdonald who has a flux and fever.
29Case 1380Case of Miss Ross whose illness is attributed to an internal glandular 'obstruction'.
30Case 1387Case of the Revd. P. Wright who recounts a long history of varied disorders, mainly of his stomach, and was recently bitten by a dog. He considers his complaints nervous.
31Case 1448Case of the Duchess of Gordon whose complaints, for which she is advised on taking a course of goat whey, are considered rheumatic and nervous.
32Case 1560Case of Major MacEwan [McEuan] who in 1782 has a disorder marked by dizziness which Cullen thinks stems from obstructed blood in the brain.
33Case 1621Case of Miss Campbell of Saddle diagnosed with chorea and worms.
34Case 1635Case of Mr Maxwell of Williamwood who has been treated by Cullen for a venereal condition with a course of mercury.
35Case 1720Case of Mr Coates who has dropsy.
36Case 1743Case of Miss Laurie who is poorly with a feverish cough, especially at night, and a menstrual irregularity.
37Case 1781Case of Mr Alexander Mayes on a visit from the West Indies who has a skin condition.
38Case 1812Case of Mrs Middleton struck with rheumatic pains in her chest and stomach.
39Case 1836Case of Patrick Murray who has a 'speech defect' (a stammer).
40Case 1876Case of an unnamed young man with a venereal infection who is being sent to London by Cullen and his associate, the surgeon Alexander Wood, to be seen by John Hunter.
41Case 1915Case of Miss Hercy [Hearsy] Gavin who has a chest complaint, suspected to be consumption with other symptoms including an eruption on her face and who is to travel to France.
42Case 1946Case of Mr Livingston Campbell who is advised to take a journey for his health.
43Case 2059Case of Mr Mackenzie whose complaints may be venereal in origin.
44Case 2073Case of Mrs Lyell, whose symptoms are not mentioned, but whose husband Stewart Lyell fears cannot be easily cured. She is very distressed since her teenage son started having seizures.
45Case 2114Case of Miss Innes who is to take goat whey at Wooler.
46Case 2135Case of Lord Dalziel's servant who is prescribed pectoral pills.
47Case 2295Case of a fifteen year old boy, an orphan, who has a tumour under this tongue.
48Case 2338Case of Mr Ross, whose symptoms are hard to decipher from a poor machine copy, but include a concern over 'gravel'.
49Case 2340Case of Mrs Lyell who has a urinary disorder.
50Case 2368Case of Miss Ann Erskine who is only prescribed a tonic until Cullen gets more information concerning the nature of her ailments from Dr Stuart and Mr Wood.
51Case 2371Case of Mr Macgruther who is a 'a very bad way with a universal dropsy'.
52Case 2506Case of an unnamed female, "Miss ---- Junr. (Junior)". Cullen thinks her case phthisical.