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

 

[ID:1024] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr Alexander Wilson / Regarding: Miss Ker (Patient) / 25 September 1780 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Dr A Wilson C[oncerning] a Child [Miss Ker] bit by a Mad Dog'

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DOC ID 1024
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/13/79
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date25 September 1780
Annotation None
TypeScribal copy ( includes Casebook Entry)
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
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Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, 'Dr A Wilson C[oncerning] a Child [Miss Ker] bit by a Mad Dog'
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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1181]
Case of Miss Ker, a child bitten by a mad dog.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:828]AddresseeDr Alexander Wilson
[PERS ID:829]PatientMiss Ker
[PERS ID:828]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Wilson
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Dr A. Wilson Concerning a Child bit by a Mad Dog


After studying the Disease &cc. I have formed my opinion that
Mercury is the most certain preventive of the hydrophobia we
know of. The testimonies in its favour are the most authentic
&c. & by any principles I can apply is the most probable.
It is the only means employed in three or four Cases
in which I have been consulted & tho experience in this matter
is fallacious I must say, that I have hitherto been success¬
ful. I must therefore advise you immediately to enter
upon a Course of Mercurial Unction, to bring the effects of
it to the mouth but in a moderate degree so that a
slight spitting may be kept up for at least four weeks.
For what is further to be done I am in every respect doubt¬
ful except with respect to an Antiphlogistic Regimen
which in every point I think extremely proper; The use of the
Opiate as a preventive I cannot speak for or against. Your
cooling Powders I do not know to be of use but I think they
can do no harm. -- It is very probable that sea bathing em¬
ployed so as to give a strong shock to the mind as well as
the body upon the approach of the Hydrophobia may have
been of service, but as a preventive I have known it often fail.


I don't think you can give either the Bark or Camphire to any
purpose, nor do I expect anything from an Issue in the neck.
If Issues can be of any service it is only when in the wounded
places themselves - In short it is the Mercurial Course that



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I depend upon, and if even that should fail & Symp¬
toms of Hydrophobia come on it is only Musk & Opium
from which I expect benefit, but take care the Musk be
good, as I believe it has especially failed from being of a bad
quality --


The Ormskirk or ↑every↑ other Specific I have heard of have
all failed, but I dont forbid trying them tho I never advise
them. - If I had time I would perhaps give you a diff¬
erent view from what you have of some things -
If you can admit the effects of Mercury in Tetanus
you will have a better opinion of it in Rabies -

September 25 1780
.

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[Page 1]
Dr A. Wilson C. a Child bit by a Mad Dog


After studying the Disease &cc. I have formed my opinion that
Mercury is the most certain preventive of the hydrophobia we
know of. The testimonies in its favour are the most authentic
&c. & by any principles I can apply is the most probable.
It is the only means employed in three or four Cases
in wc I have been consulted & tho experience in this matter
is fallacious I must say, that I have hitherto been success¬
ful. I must therefore advise you immediately to enter
upon a Course of Mercurial Unction, to bring the effects of
it to the mouth but in a moderate degree so that a
slight spitting may be kept up for at least four weeks.
For what is further to be done I am in every respect doubt¬
ful except with respect to an Antiphlogistic Regimen
wc in every point I think extremely proper; The use of the
Opiate as a preventive I cannot speak for or against. Your
cooling Powders I do not know to be of use but I think they
can do no harm. -- It is very probable that sea bathing em¬
ployed so as to give a strong shock to the mind as well as
the body upon the approach of the Hydrophobia may have
been of service, but as a preventive I have known it often fail.


I don't think you can give either the Bark or Camphire to any
purpose, nor do I expect anything from an Issue in the neck.
If Issues can be of any service it is only when in the wounded
places themselves - In short it is the Mercurial Course that



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I depend upon, and if even that should fail & Symp¬
toms of Hydrophobia come on it is only Musk & Opium
from which I expect benefit, but take care the Musk be
good, as I believe it has especially failed from being of a bad
quality --


The Ormskirk or ↑every↑ other Specific I have heard of have
all failed, but I dont forbid trying them tho I never advise
them. - If I had time I would perhaps give you a diff¬
erent view from what you have of some things -
If you can admit the effects of Mercury in Tetanus
you will have a better opinion of it in Rabies -

Septr 25 1780
.

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