Cullen

The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

[Case ID:726]: Case of Mrs Grieve who apparently consulted Cullen in winter of 1778-79 for a stomach ailment. She has a long history of arm pains; in February 1777 underwent a partial mastectomy for suspected breast cancer in 1779 develops respiratory difficulties.

Documents in this case

6 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:1663] 
Letter from William Wightman giving the case history of Mrs Grieve, who consulted Cullen the previous winter for stomach complaints. She has had various menstrual problems which eventually indicated the menopause, and now has eruptions and pains in the arm. She has a previous history of arm pain and the excision of part of her right breast for suspected cancer in 1777. 29 April 1779
 
[DOC ID:4420] 
Reply, 'For Mrs Grieve'. Cullen does not think her present arm pains are related to her breast disease two years previously, but stem from chronic rheumatism. He suggests Wightman continues the pea issue, with some alterations in her medication, and the use of opiates. 1 May 1779
 
[DOC ID:1672] 
Letter from William Wightman concerning the case of Mrs Grieve, whose arm pains are responding to treatment, but who has now developed a dry cough. He is treating her by various methods: bleeding, blistering and with medicines. Postal stamp reads "PRESS". 13 May 1779
 
[DOC ID:4429] 
Reply, 'Mr Wightman Q[uery] Mrs Grieve. Cullen approves Wightman's treatment of her cough, and suggests also using the juice of tussilago leaves. 15 May 1779
 
[DOC ID:1677] 
Letter from William Wightman concerning Mrs Grieve, giving a detailed 'journal' of her recent symptoms. She is now suffering from breathing difficulties, with some streaks of blood in expectoration. He has been using tussilago, opiates, beeding and blistering. A handstamp reads 'Press'. 21 May 1779
 
[DOC ID:4438] 
Reply, 'Mr Wightman C[oncerning] Mrs Grieve'. Cullen says 'the Case can admit no more blooding'. He recommends continuing blistering, the use of opiates and tussilago for her. He includes a recipe for an electuary 'which I expect may prove Diuretic as well as Laxative'. 22 May 1779
 

People involved in this case

3 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 2583] Mrs Grieve (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 2385] Mr William Wightman (Professor Cullen)

Unique Places linked to this Case

3 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
Place Eyemouth (Eymouth) Borders Scotland Europe certain
SpecificCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

Places and role of place

5 found.

TypeRoleSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificPlace of WritingCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Writing Eyemouth (Eymouth) Borders Scotland Europe certain
SpecificDestination of LetterCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Eyemouth (Eymouth) Borders Scotland Europe inferred