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Title: "Our master & father at the head of physick" : the learned medicine of William Cullen
Author: Wolf, Jeffrey Charles
ISNI:       0000 0004 5368 8937
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2015
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This is a study of Dr. William Cullen (1710-1790), the Scottish chemist, physician, and professor of medicine, who played a significant role in the Scottish Enlightenment. I argue that Cullen was both a more unorthodox figure in Scottish medicine than he is generally depicted, as well as a more ambitious one. Despite his controversial doctrines, he skillfully managed the hierarchy of his profession and reached the pinnacle of success as a learned physician in the Scottish Enlightenment. I explore Cullen’s life and thought from different angles. I explicate his pedagogical persona and philosophy of medicine, both of which shaped the experiences of his pupils. I show how his neurophysiology was rooted in his contentious interpretation of the nature of the nervous fluid. And I provide a detailed look at Cullen’s understanding of hygiene, or the art of health—a rarely-studied component of his practice of medicine.
Supervisor: Ahnert, Thomas; Henry, John Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Cullen ; William ; Scottish medicine ; Scottish Enlightenment ; Edinburgh Medical School ; history of medicine