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

 

[ID:1140] From: Dr William Grieve (Grieves) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Betty Tweedie (Patient), Anonymous (Patient) / 22 May 1775 / (Incoming)

Letter from W Grieve concerning the case of Miss Tweedie, a teenage girl suffering from 'Acute Rheumatism' after catching measles. Grieve also reports on the progress of a young girl whose case had been reported to Cullen by Mr Braidwood.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1140
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/241
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date22 May 1775
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from W Grieve concerning the case of Miss Tweedie, a teenage girl suffering from 'Acute Rheumatism' after catching measles. Grieve also reports on the progress of a young girl whose case had been reported to Cullen by Mr Braidwood.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:21]
Case of Miss Tweedie with a 'Rheumatic Complaint' after getting cold in church.
3
[Case ID:2142]
Case of a young unnamed girl with rapid breathing.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1405]AuthorDr William Grieve (Grieves)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1411]Patient
[PERS ID:1406]PatientMiss Betty Tweedie
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1405]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Grieve (Grieves)
[PERS ID:1062]OtherMr Thomas Braidwood

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Place of Writing Peebles Borders Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Peebles Borders Scotland Europe certain

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Sir


I beg the favour you will send me your
opinion of the following Case


Miss Tweedie is a young Lady of this County betwixt
14 & 15 years of Age, slender and remarkably Tall; previous
to spring 1774 enjoyed a good state of Health, about that
time she was siezed with the Measles, and although the
Disease was pretty severe, yet she recovered tolarably well.
Sometimes she felt a pain in her Right side; but as she
had no other Complaints she paid little attention to it.
In the month of January last she was attacked with
Acute Rheumatism which after some relapse yeilded
to the Common treatment, she then fast recovered her
strenght and looks, till a month ago she went and
sat in Church in a Cold Day after having put on
thin Cloths instead of those she usually wore which
were warmer & fitted for her Rheumatic Complaints
That very same Night she was siezed with all
the symptoms of fever attended with a severe Cough
a pain in the same part of her side I have taken
notice of above, she expectorated a little but Could
not Cough freely on account of her side: I did
not see her untill the third day after her attack -



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she then had the above symptoms with Considerable
difficulty of Breathing, Pulse 110, her Complaints during
her Illness have not varied much except what must
be expected from so considerable Degree of fever. After
two Bleedings and two Blisters at the Distance
of 14 days; the Blisters being apply'd 5 Hours after
each Bleeding, Mixtures with Acet: Scill: &c Injections
Pediluvium &c - The Difficulty of Breathing decreased
her Pulse came down betwixt 90 & 100 generally
about 90 and the Pain of her Side greatly better.
During her Disease it has sometimes shifted; 5 or 6
Days ago I have tried Tart: Emet: in very small
Doses, but her Complaints are very obstinate ----
She is now much ematiated, Considerable Cough
and with thick yellow Expectoration, great Drought
no Appetite & little Sleep, Pulse generally weak
sometimes stronger attended with Hectic flushings, her
Menses appeared above a year ago in small Quan¬
titys & very irregular, she had a small Quantity
a fortnight ago -- I have prescribed nothing further
for her untill I have the Pleasure of hearing from
you which I beg may be as Soon as possible
except


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4 or 5 Oranges a Day and Injections when necessary
If there is any thing you would wish to know in
her Case I have omitted, I hope you will mention
it. The great Distance she is from me, (about 15 Miles
prevents me seeing her so often as I would wish
otherwise I would have given you a more
accurate Detail of her Disease --


Sometime ago I drew out the Case of a young
Girl a friend of Mr. Braidwoods which was delivered
to you by him & I had your Idea of it. In case
you have forgot it, it will perhaps bring it to
your Remembrance by mentioning that it was
remarkable for the Quickness of the Inspirations
and Respirations
-- She is now in the very
same state, and seems no ways worn out with
her Disease --


I am with the greatest respect
Dear Doctor
Your most obedient
humble servant
W Grieve
Peebles 22 May
1775



[Page 4]


To
Doctor Cullen ---
Physician
Edinburgh


Dr. Greive
Concerning
Miss Tweedie
Vol. 4. p.2.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Sir


I beg the favour you will send me your
opinion of the following Case


Miss Tweedie is a young Lady of this County betwixt
14 & 15 years of Age, slender and remarkably Tall; previous
to spring 1774 enjoyed a good state of Health, about that
time she was siezed with the Measles, and although the
Disease was pretty severe, yet she recovered tolarably well.
Sometimes she felt a pain in her Right side; but as she
had no other Complaints she paid little attention to it.
In the month of January last she was attacked with
Acute Rheumatism which after some relapse yeilded
to the Common treatment, she then fast recovered her
strenght and looks, till a month ago she went and
sat in Church in a Cold Day after having put on
thin Cloths instead of those she usually wore which
were warmer & fitted for her Rheumatic Complaints
That very same Night she was siezed with all
the symptoms of fever attended with a severe Cough
a pain in the same part of her side I have taken
notice of above, she expectorated a little but Could
not Cough freely on account of her side: I did
not see her untill the third day after her attack -



[Page 2]

she then had the above symptoms with Considerable
difficulty of Breathing, Pulse 110, her Complaints during
her Illness have not varied much except what must
be expected from so considerable Degree of fever. After
two Bleedings and two Blisters at the Distance
of 14 days; the Blisters being apply'd 5 Hours after
each Bleeding, Mixtures with Acet: Scill: &c Injections
Pediluvium &c - The Difficulty of Breathing decreased
her Pulse came down betwixt 90 & 100 generally
about 90 and the Pain of her Side greatly better.
During her Disease it has sometimes shifted; 5 or 6
Days ago I have tried Tart: Emet: in very small
Doses, but her Complaints are very obstinate ----
She is now much ematiated, Considerable Cough
and with thick yellow Expectoration, great Drought
no Appetite & little Sleep, Pulse generally weak
sometimes stronger attended with Hectic flushings, her
Menses appeared above a year ago in small Quan¬
titys & very irregular, she had a small Quantity
a fortnight ago -- I have prescribed nothing further
for her untill I have the Pleasure of hearing from
you which I beg may be as Soon as possible
except


[Page 3]

4 or 5 Oranges a Day and Injections when necessary
If there is any thing you would wish to know in
her Case I have omitted, I hope you will mention
it. The great Distance she is from me, (about 15 Miles
prevents me seeing her so often as I would wish
otherwise I would have given you a more
accurate Detail of her Disease --


Sometime ago I drew out the Case of a young
Girl a friend of Mr. Braidwoods which was delivered
to you by him & I had your Idea of it. In case
you have forgot it, it will perhaps bring it to
your Remembrance by mentioning that it was
remarkable for the Quickness of the Inspirations
and Respirations
-- She is now in the very
same state, and seems no ways worn out with
her Disease --


I am with the greatest respect
Dr Doctor
Your most obedient
humble servant
W Grieve
Peebles 22 May
1775



[Page 4]


To
Doctor Cullen ---
Physician
Edinr.


Dr. Greive
C
Miss Tweedie
Vol. 4. p.2.

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