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

 

[ID:1243] From: Dr Walter Riddell / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Greigson (Patient) / 22 February 1776 / (Incoming)

Letter from Mr [W] Riddell concerning the case of Mr Greigson who had consulted Cullen earlier and who suffers from a 'spitting of blood'. Various medicines have been tried to no effect. Identity of Riddell as the W. Riddell a frequent writer at this period was established by comparing the handwriting.

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DOC ID 1243
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/343
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date22 February 1776
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 Mr [W] Riddell concerning the case of Mr Greigson who had consulted Cullen earlier and who suffers from a 'spitting of blood'. Various medicines have been tried to no effect. Identity of Riddell as the W. Riddell a frequent writer at this period was established by comparing the handwriting.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:349]
Case of Mr Greigson, who is spitting blood.
3


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:561]AuthorDr Walter Riddell
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:562]PatientMr Greigson
[PERS ID:561]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Walter Riddell
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain

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Dear Sir


I was call'd a few days ago to visit
a Mr. Greigson (near Cornhill) who had formerly consulted
you, and has desir'd me to give you some account of his
present situation. – You will recollect that his Disorder
is a spitting of Blood, of which he has had very frequent
returns of late, tho' the quantity of it is not so consider¬
able as to threaten any immediate Danger. – He was
bled a day or two before I saw him without relief, and,
as the surgeon inform'd me that his Blood was not
in the least sizy, his Pulse being quite calm,
I did not think it proper to have that operation repeated.
I have injoin'd him in entire abstinence from animal
food, wine and spiritous Liquors of all sorts, and
recommended a Milk & vegetable Diet. - I have
likewise advised him to be much on horseback
unless he finds his symptoms increas'd by that Exer¬



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cise. – As Medicines I have prescrib'd an Electuary
of Conserve of Rose and Nitre with a nitrous Julep.
I shou'd have recommened the use of some stronger
astringent than the Conserv. Ros. but the apothecary
told me that he had taken the Terra Japonica and Allum
without any seeming good Effect. – If you have no
objection, I wou'd willingly try, in this case, the effect
of Emetics and a blistering Plaster to his Breast,
in which he feels a constant burning sensation.
He is naturally costive, which made me propose to
him the occasional use of Cream of Tartar but he tells
me he has taken it, by your advice, in consider¬
able quantities without Effect. - I Don't know how
to account for this, but have desir'd him to
resume the use of it; if it shou'd still fail, it
will, I apprehend, be necessary to substitute in
its stead some other cooling Laxative.




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If any thing further occurs to you as necc[essary?]
to be done in this case, I shall be glad to {illeg}
from you when convenient. – In the [mean?]
time, I remain,


Dear Sir
Your most obedient {illeg}
M. Riddell
Berwick February 22d. 1776



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Dr. Cullen
Edinburgh


Dr Riddel. q.
Mr Greigson.
Feb. 1776
Vol. IV. p.123

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir


I was call'd a few days ago to visit
a Mr. Greigson (near Cornhill) who had formerly consulted
you, and has desir'd me to give you some account of his
present situation. – You will recollect that his Disorder
is a spitting of Blood, of which he has had very frequent
returns of late, tho' the quantity of it is not so consider¬
able as to threaten any immediate Danger. – He was
bled a day or two before I saw him without relief, and,
as the surgeon inform'd me that his Blood was not
in the least sizy, his Pulse being quite calm,
I did not think it proper to have that operation repeated.
I have injoin'd him in entire abstinence from animal
food, wine and spiritous Liquors of all sorts, and
recommended a Milk & vegetable Diet. - I have
likewise advised him to be much on horseback
unless he finds his symptoms increas'd by that Exer¬



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cise. – As Medicines I have prescrib'd an Electuary
of Conserve of Rose and Nitre with a nitrous Julep.
I shou'd have recommened the use of some stronger
astringent than the Conserv. Ros. but the apothecary
told me that he had taken the Terr. Japon. and Allum
without any seeming good Effect. – If you have no
objection, I wou'd willingly try, in this case, the effect
of Emetics and a blistering Plaster to his Breast,
in which he feels a constant burning sensation.
He is naturally costive, which made me propose to
him the occasional use of Cream. Tart. but he tells
me he has taken it, by your advice, in consider¬
able quantities without Effect. - I Don't know how
to account for this, but have desir'd him to
resume the use of it; if it shou'd still fail, it
will, I apprehend, be necessary to substitute in
its stead some other cooling Laxative.




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If any thing further occurs to you as necc[essary?]
to be done in this case, I shall be glad to {illeg}
from you when convenient. – In the [mean?]
time, I remain,


Dr Sir
Your most obed. {illeg}
M. Riddell
Berwick Feby. 22d. 1776



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Dr. Cullen
Edinburgh


Dr Riddel. q.
Mr Greigson.
Feb. 1776
Vol. IV. p.123

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