I’m in Edinburgh this week on a research trip. The Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh has a splendid library, and it holds the William Cullen archive. Cullen was a physician of some repute in the eighteenth century. People wrote to him from all over Britain asking for his help with their various ailments. I am particularly interested in stomach problems and people asking for advice about their daily regimen. I’ve had a great afternoon today reading through lots of letters, and I’m here for another two days.
I might not get any book reviews done until the weekend, but I read Salley Vicker’s The Cleaner of Chartres on the train on the way up north, and it is fantastic. I am really looking forward to writing a glowing review as soon as I can.