I use the website as a kind of sketch-pad for what I’m working on or thinking about. The posts are rarely finished, fully-referenced pieces of scholarship—more akin to works in progress.
I am a PhD student (history) at the University of Edinburgh. I am writing my PhD thesis on the medical theory of the Scottish physician, chemist and master teacher, William Cullen (1710-1790). Friends (and physician) to David Hume and Adam Smith, mentor to Joseph Black and William Hunter, William Cullen was an important member of the Scottish literati during the Enlightenment. Yet the standard biography of his life and thought is more than 150 years old, and the last book-length work to discuss his significance is almost 20 years old. In short, time is ripe for a re-assessment of this significant figure.
If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to email me [jeffcwolf at gmail dot com].