Notes of Lectures by Cullen & Gregory

Scope and Content

Manuscript of shorthand notes of lectures on the Institutions of Medicine given by William Cullen (1710-1790) and notes of Practical Lectures given by John Gregory (1724-1773). Cullen's notes can be found on ff.1-249, which has the original pagination 1-26 to begin with then numbering begins again with 1-225, ff.250-267 are blank, and Gregory's lectures can be found on ff.268-434 with the original pagination 1-167. Both sets of notes are in shorthand using the Byrom system with occasional longhand words, and both have their own contents page in longhand.

Cullen's lectures are individually numbered 1-132 and the topics covered according to the index are as follows: introduction; history of physic; general view of the human machine; best plan for studying physic; necessary qualifications; division of the course; simple solid & cellular texture; Bryan Robinson's experiment on different states of the simple solid; sources of tension of the simple solid; compound solid; diseases of simple solid; remote causes acting on simple solid; laws of the nervous system; are the nerves hollow tubes?; proof of elastic fluid; thought; reflex sensation; contraction; proof of a motion communicated; proof of a sensorium commune; irritability & sensibility; mobility; powers of custom & habit; non-existence of frigorific particles; general powers operating on the nervous system; powers of heat & cold; waking & sleep; causes of excitement; muscular fibres; application of the doctrine; sympathy; hydraulic system; heart, arteries, veins; course of blood; powers moving blood; muscular coat of arteries proved by Vertscheur; veins irritable; respiration; effects of circulation; chemical system; digestion; secretion; nutrition; pathology; definition of disease, symptom, health; nature, differences, causes & effects of disease; convulsion; spasm; irregular motions; pathology of the fluids & blood; lentor; tenuity; acrimony; different periods of life-death; obesity; want of coagulable lymph; emaciation; general idea of fever; symptoms of diseases; dolor; anxieties; intellectual functions; madness or delirium; fatuitas/fatuity; facultatis motricis; palsy [paralysis]; diminished excitement; difficult respirations; asthma; motions of the heart; pulse; atmosphere; heat; cold; methodus medendi; Hoffman; indicationes curatoriae; nutrientia; obviate debility by tonics; exercise; astringents; emollients; warm bathing; stimulants; sedatives; soporifics - opium; antispasmodics; morbid affections of fluids; attenuants; impissants; correctors of particular acrimony; expectorants & apophlegmatizonata; saliva & mercury; diuretics; diaphoretics & sudorifics; menstrual flux & emmenagoga; blood-letting; blisters; emetics; purgatives.

Gregory's lectures are not individually numbered or dated but the topics covered according to the index are as follows: introduction; definition of disease; general division of diseases; classification of diseases; method to be observed in treating disease; principles in the method of cure; definition of fever; intermittent fevers; fevers continued (universal inflammation, putrid malignant, slow nervous, remittent, bilious, ardent, & yellow remittent); exanthematous fevers; smallpox; inoculation; measles; scarlet fever; miliary fever; aphtha; erysipelas; plague; inflammatory fevers; phrenitis [delirium]; ophthalmia; angina; catarrhal fever; division of coughs; tussis convulsiva [whooping cough]; inflammatory disease of the breast; pleurisy; inflammation of the mediastinum & pericardium; peripneumony [pneumonia]; paraphrenitis; phthisis pulmonalis [pulmonary tuberculosis]; hepatitis; gastritis; enteritis; nephritis; rheumatism; toothache; gout; haemorrhages; haemorrhagia narium [epistaxis]; haemoptysis; vomitus cruentus [haematemesis]; haemorrhoids; bloody urine [haematuria]; vomitus [vomiting]; cholera morbus; diarrhoea & dysentery; diabetes; stranguria; dysuria; ischuria [urinary retention]; palsy [paralysis]; syncope; asphyxia; soporous diseases; catalepsis [catalepsy]; exotasis, vertigo; incubus; apoplexy [stroke]; spasmodic diseases; tetanus; emprosthotonos & opisthotonos; epilepsy; chorea sancti viti [St Vitus's Dance]; hiccup; hysteria; asthma; headache; colic; hypochondriasis; mania & melancholia; cachexia; anasarca [oedema]; ascites; hydrops pectoris [hydrothorax]; hydrocephalus; scrofula [tuberculosis, lymph node]; rickets; scabies; tinea capitis; lepra; scurvy; lues venerea [syphilis]; jaundice; worms; poisons; rabies canina; on the actions of poisons; diseases of children; constitution of children; teething; diseases of women; constitution of women; suppression of menses [amenorrhoea]; profluvium mensium [menorrhagia]; fluor albus [leukorrhoea]; diseases of women in pregnancy; immoderate flow of the lochia; suppression of the lochia; weed; milk fever [mastitis].

Administrative / Biographical History

See entry MMM/1/1 for biographical information on Cullen and entry MMM/1/2 for biographical information about Gregory.