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

 

[ID:125] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: [ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN] / Regarding: Mr Campbell (Patient), Mr Gavin Fullarton (Patient), Mr Scot (Patient) / 18? April 1781 / (Outgoing)

Reply to Colquhoun largely concerning D. Campbell's mercury treatment for syphilis and advising switching to Mezereon. Cullen also mentions MrScot 'the carpenter' and Mr Fullerton.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 125
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/14/12
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date18? April 1781
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply to Colquhoun largely concerning D. Campbell's mercury treatment for syphilis and advising switching to Mezereon. Cullen also mentions MrScot 'the carpenter' and Mr Fullerton.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1371]
Case of Mr Campbell at Greenock who has a persistent venereal infection.
5
[Case ID:1414]
Case of the surgeon Gavin Fullarton who seeks advice on his own very painful rectal complaint.
4
[Case ID:2131]
Case of Mr Scot who is troubled with a hearing problem.
3


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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:623]PatientMr Gavin Fullarton
[PERS ID:3213]PatientMr Scot
[PERS ID:87]PatientMr Campbell
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:86]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr David Colquhoun

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Greenock Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred

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Mr. D. Colquhoun Concerning Mr. Campbell.

Sir


I have the favour of yours by Mr.
{illeg} and after conversing with him have taken a --
{illeg} the parts affected. It is not new to me to meet with
{illeg} the taint of uncommon tenacity & obstinacy and Such
{illeg} a longer use of Mercury than patients are willing
{illeg} and longer than practitioners commonly think ne¬
[cessary]. I cannot however in the present case find any rea¬
{illeg} suppose that there has been ↑either↑ impatience or neglect and
{illeg} must impute the continuance and returns of the
{illeg} to Something peculiar in the infection or in the pa¬
[tients co]nstitution, But however all this may be I am
[convinced] that the taint in Mr. C. is now entirely eradica¬
[ted at] least as far as it can be done by Mercury. The
{illeg} is I think at present very Sound and the little Scurf
{illeg} the side of the penis does not appear to me Syphilitic
{illeg} confirmed in this both by there being no other Syphi¬
[litic Sym]ptom
, and by ↑the↑ last course of mercury having no effect



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on the Scrotum. I can find no reason therefore [for ad¬]
vising any more Mercury but I have another [medicine]
to propose which I have often found effectual in taints that had resisted Mercury. That is [Meze¬
reon
] but I must beg you to get it in proper conditions, {illeg}
the bark of the root only that is of any use and the {illeg}
is quite inert. You must therefore employ only the {illeg}
peeled off or the very Smallest fibres of the root & whatever [you]
employ take care that it has not lost its virtue by {illeg}
still retains its peculiar and very Sharp actimony.


you are to prepare a decoction by taking an ounce
of good Sarsa and boiling it in four pounds of wa[ter. When]
one pound is boiled away then add the Mezereon {illeg} [con¬]
tinue the boiling till only two pounds remain [which you]
may Sweeten by liquorice or Sugar to the pat{illeg} {illeg}
At first you may employ a dram of Mezereon only [to each]
bottle of Decoction because it gives an uneasy {illeg}
Stomachs but if that Should not be ↑the case↑ with Mr. C. you [might en¬]
crease the Mezereon to two drams to each bottle



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{illeg} let Mr. C. take half a bottle in divided draughts every
{illeg} seven days & a bottle every day for seven days after &
{illeg} that time is expired I Should be glad to hear from
[you] With this decoction no confinement is necessary and there
{illeg} [o]ther limitation of diet but that he Should abstain en¬
[tirely] from fish, Salted meats & high Seasonings and Should
[be exee]dingly temperate in Strong drink. Please anoint
{illeg} {illeg}ole of Scrotum & the Scurfy parts on the penis once
{illeg} a day with a pure & fresh Florence Oil that has
{illeg} {illeg}ram of Camphire to every ounce of oil dissolved in it


[I am] heartily concerned for Mr. Fullarton but hope he
{illeg} length get well but I have not time at present to
{illeg}thing about his ailments nor could I properly unless
{illeg} written me about all that has happened Since he
{illeg}. I wish heartily you could tell me that I
{illeg} Mr. Scot the Carpenters deafness. I am with
[great regard?]


Dear David Your most obedient servant

William Cullen

[Edinburgh] 8th. April
1781

Diplomatic Text

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Mr. D. Colquhoun C. Mr. Campbell.

Sir


I have the favour of yours by Mr.
{illeg} and after conversing with him have taken a --
{illeg} the parts affected. It is not new to me to meet with
{illeg} the taint of uncommon tenacity & obstinacy and Such
{illeg} a longer use of Mercury than patients are willing
{illeg} and longer than practitioners commonly think ne¬
[cessary]. I cannot however in the present case find any rea¬
{illeg} suppose that there has been ↑either↑ impatience or neglect and
{illeg} must impute the continuance and returns of the
{illeg} to Something peculiar in the infection or in the pa¬
[tients co]nstitution, But however all this may be I am
[convinced] that the taint in Mr. C. is now entirely eradica¬
[ted at] least as far as it can be done by Mercury. The
{illeg} is I think at present very Sound and the little Scurf
{illeg} the side of the penis does not appear to me Syphilitic
{illeg} confirmed in this both by there being no other Syphi¬
[litic Sym]ptom
, and by ↑the↑ last course of mercury having no effect



[Page 2]

on the Scrotum. I can find no reason therefore [for ad¬]
vising any more Mercury but I have another [medicine]
to propose which I have often found effectual in taints that had resisted Mercury. That is [Meze¬
reon
] but I must beg you to get it in proper conditions, {illeg}
the bark of the root only that is of any use and the {illeg}
is quite inert. You must therefore employ only the {illeg}
peeled off or the very Smallest fibres of the root & whatever [you]
employ take care that it has not lost its virtue by {illeg}
still retains its peculiar and very Sharp actimony.


you are to prepare a decoction by taking an ounce
of good Sarsa and boiling it in four pounds of wa[ter. When]
one pound is boiled away then add the Mezereon {illeg} [con¬]
tinue the boiling till only two pounds remain [which you]
may Sweeten by liquorice or Sugar to the pat{illeg} {illeg}
At first you may employ a dram of Mezereon only [to each]
bottle of Decoction because it gives an uneasy {illeg}
Stomachs but if that Should not be ↑the case↑ with Mr. C. you [might en¬]
crease the Mezereon to two drams to each bottle



[Page 3]

{illeg} let Mr. C. take half a bottle in divided draughts every
{illeg} seven days & a bottle every day for seven days after &
{illeg} that time is expired I Should be glad to hear from
[you] With this decoction no confinement is necessary and there
{illeg} [o]ther limitation of diet but that he Should abstain en¬
[tirely] from fish, Salted meats & high Seasonings and Should
[be exee]dingly temperate in Strong drink. Please anoint
{illeg} {illeg}ole of Scrotum & the Scurfy parts on the penis once
{illeg} a day with a pure & fresh Florence Oil that has
{illeg} {illeg}ram of Camphire to every ounce of oil dissolved in it


[I am] heartily concerned for Mr. Fullarton but hope he
{illeg} length get well but I have not time at present to
{illeg}thing about his ailments nor could I properly unless
{illeg} written me about all that has happened Since he
{illeg}. I wish heartily you could tell me that I
{illeg} Mr. Scot the Carpenters deafness. I am with
[great regard?]


Dear David Your most obedient servant

William Cullen

[Edinr.] 8th. April
1781

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