James Gregory's Practice of Physic Vol. 1

Scope and Content

The manuscript has the original pagination pp.1-536, although some of the numbering has been lost when the pages have been cut, and writing is on both the recto and the verso throughout.

The lectures in the latter half of the volume are very often not numbered so the numbering used here is for descriptive purposes and represents the lectures in the order that they appear in the volume. The contents are as follows: (1) introductory lecture, (2-6) history, rise, and progress of medicine, (7) definition of disease, (8) alterations in pulse, respiration and natural functions as a result of disease, (9) third class or change of sensations, (10) arrangement of diseases & important practical differences, (11) importance of the pulse, (12) loss of strength, (13) pyrexia and division of fevers, (14) paroxysms and classes of fevers, (15) apparent causes of intermittent fevers, (16) remote causes of intermittent fevers, (17) prevalence of fever in different climates, (18) morbid appearances after intermittent and remittent fevers, (19) effect of hot and cold in fevers, (20) loss of appetite, (21) habit, (22) the sun & prognosis based on country, climate, etc., (23) pelechice [spots], (24-25) treatment during the paroxysm of an intermittent, (26) mode of preventing an intermittent, (27) cure of an intermittent, (28) treatment with arsenic, compression of limbs, & prophylaxis [prevention & control], and opinions of different authors on intermittents, (29) opinions of other authors continued and on continued fevers, (30) combination of typhus and synocha, (31) synocha, (32) continued fevers, (33) excitii nota of Lommius [Josse van Lom], (34) varying symptoms in inflammatory fevers and treatment of synocha, (35) medicines for removing specific symptoms of fevers and treatment of continued fevers, (36) nervous fever, (37-38) typhus gravior, (39) disposition towards and causes of fever, particularly typhus, (40) contagiousness of fever, (41-42) cure of continued fever, (43) sedatives & diminishing the tone of the heart and arteries, (44) induced syncope, (45) emetics, (46) causes of fever, foul dwellings, depression of passions etc., (47) putrefaction of fluids, and phlegmasiae, (48) various causes of inflammation as modifying it, independent from the function of the parts, (49) combination of causes, variety of symptoms and structure of the part, (50) proximate causes of inflammation & unnatural texture of the parts, (51) gunshot wounds, chemical excitement of inflammation, cold, and terminations of inflammation, (52) adhesive process, (53) pus [suppuration], (54) theory of gangrene & prognosis of inflammation, (55) prognosis of inflammation continued, (56) possibility of gangrene, (57) ophthalmia, (58) treatment of ophthalmia, (59) phrenitis [delirium], (60) cynanche, (61) prognosis in cynanche tonsillaris [pharyngitis], (62) cynanche maligna, (63) scarlatina [scarlet fever], (64) treatment, (65) cynanche trachealis or croup, (66) cynanche parotidae, (67) difficulty in diagnosis between catarrh, pneumonic inflammation & dyspnoea, (68) time of recovery, (69) bloodletting in pneumonia, (70-71) other treatments for pneumonia, (72) gastritis etc., (73-74) hepatitis.

Throughout there are a number of references to the practice of William Cullen (1710-1790) and the changes that have occurred in the 30 or 40 years since he was lecturing at Edinburgh.