William Cullen

William Cullen : And the 18th Century Medical World

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William Cullen (d. 1790) was a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. Born in Hamilton, educated in Glasgow and a Professor at Glasgow University, he moved to Edinburgh in later life. Successively Professor of Chemistry, Psychology and Medicine at Edinburgh University, he was intimate friend and intellectual companion to both Adam Smith and David Hume. His innovative teaching was largely responsible for Edinburgh's growth as the foremost medical school in the 18th century world, and his numerous pupils founded medical schools and institutions around the globe, setting the pattern of medicine worldwide today. Yet, unlike Hume and Smith, William Cullen has been largely neglected in the study of the 18th century, and his contribution to the Enlightenment has until now been ignored. This new assessment aims to put Cullen and the history of science back to the forefront of Enlightenment studies.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748603026
  • 9780748603022

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William Cullen in 18th century medicine, C.W. Clayson; William Cullen and the practice of chemistry, J.R.R. Christie; philosophy and method in Cullen's medical teaching, M. Barfoot; Cullen as clinician - organization and strategies of an 18th century medical practice, G.B. Risse; Cullen's view on the nervous system, W.F. Bynum; general practice in Hamilton, E.G. Buckley; William Cullen and dietetics, R. Passmore; medical men, politicians and the medical schools at Glasgow and Edinburgh 1685-1803, R.L. Emerson; William Cullen's synoposis nosologiae methodicae, R.E. Kendell; Cullen's influence on American medicine, J.M. O'Donnell; the first 40 years of the royal medical society and the part William Cullen played in it, D. Macarthur.
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