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

 

[ID:1275] From: Dr James Kenneth Saunders / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Anonymous (Patient), Mr George Abercromby (Abercrombie) (Patient) / 19 May 1776 / (Incoming)

Letter from James Saunders concerning the case of General Abercrombie's niece, asking for Cullen's experience in treating chorea. Saunders also thanks Cullen for advice he gave on a published paper on the medical use of electricity (details in footnote).

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FieldData
DOC ID 1275
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/372
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date19 May 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 James Saunders concerning the case of General Abercrombie's niece, asking for Cullen's experience in treating chorea. Saunders also thanks Cullen for advice he gave on a published paper on the medical use of electricity (details in footnote).
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:661]
Case of the eight-year-old niece of General Abercrombie who has involuntary movements and weakness in her face and left side diagnosed as Chorea.
4
[Case ID:2149]
Case of Mr George Abercromby with a broken leg.
1


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:596]AuthorDr James Kenneth Saunders
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:597]Patient
[PERS ID:3498]PatientMr George Abercromby (Abercrombie)
[PERS ID:596]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr James Kenneth Saunders
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:598]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendGeneral Abercrombie (Abercromby)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Banff (Bamf) East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Peterhead East Highlands Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


I am much obligd to you for your Letter of the 11th
your having seen so many Patients in the Chorea made
me anxious to know how they had ended & my little Patient
is a fine Child & I much attachd to all the Family -- She is
now movd to her Parents to the Country & in a Week
they go to Peterhead where sea bathing will be regularly
applied –– It seemd to agree with her when here, she had
the glow after it & more the use of her Legs for some
minutes therafter –– The effects of but a small Dose
of the Cuprum was always to sicken her nevertheless we
persisted in it for ten Days with no success –– Under these
fits of sickness she had more of the Chorea _ The Electri¬
city
was carefuly applied for two Weeks before she left this
& in that time she was sensibly better ––– If she shall fall
off any thing the Week she stays at home it will
be begun at Peterhead & you shall be advisd of the
success ––– She is presently taking the [mars preparatus?]
but no entreaty will make her take the Cuprum or
Cortex



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I had an opportunity of {illeg} (↑seeing↑) the good effects of the
Cuprum lately in an Epilepsy in a young Woman
the Valerian Sylvester given in {illeg} substance put off
the Fitts while she used it the Cuprum was afterwards
found with it, some months ago, & they have not returned


I am much obligd to you for your friendly observes on
the stile & Language of the Electrical Cases 1 –– I did not
know they were yet publishd having seen none of the
Commentarys lately I dare say there are many such
Errors in them, but how could I give you any trouble
about them? –– I can only answer for their being
all fairly related –– The last one you never saw &
was the Case of Mr George Abercromby who had the Os Femors broke
broke at Edinburgh 2 or 3 years ago ––


My best wishes
attend all your Family & with the most grateful sense
of all your Favours I am with all possible esteem


Dear Sir
Your most obedient & obligd
humble Servant
Jas. Saunders
Banff 19th May 1776



[Page 3]


Doctor William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


With General Abercrombys compliments
& if Doctor Cullen pleases to send an
answer on Saturday to Georges Square
the General will forward the same to
Banff


George Square
22 May 1776


Dr Saunders. [Q.?]
General Abercrombie's
Neice. 19th May 1776
Vol Vth p.33

Notes:

1: See ‘An Account of the Effects of Electricity in Different Diseases by Dr James Saunders, Physician in Banff’ in the Medical and Philosophical Commentaries, [Volume 3 of 3] By a Society in Edinburgh. (London: 1780), p. 393. Any earlier publication untraced. Cullen had evidently provided some editorial input.

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[Page 1]
Dear Sir


I am much obligd to you for your Letter of the 11th
your having seen so many Patients in the Chorea made
me anxious to know how they had ended & my little Patient
is a fine Child & I much attachd to all the Family -- She is
now movd to her Parents to the Country & in a Week
they go to Peterhead where sea bathing will be regularly
applied –– It seemd to agree with her when here, she had
the glow after it & more the use of her Legs for some
minutes therafter –– The effects of but a small Dose
of the Cuprum was always to sicken her nevertheless we
persisted in it for ten Days with no success –– Under these
fits of sickness she had more of the Chorea _ The Electri¬
city
was carefuly applied for two Weeks before she left this
& in that time she was sensibly better ––– If she shall fall
off any thing the Week she stays at home it will
be begun at Peterhead & you shall be advisd of the
success ––– She is presently taking the [mars preparatus?]
but no entreaty will make her take ye Cuprum or
Cortex



[Page 2]

I had an opportunity of {illeg} (↑seeing↑) the good effects of the
Cuprum lately in an Epilepsy in a young Woman
the Valerian Sylvester given in {illeg} substance put off
the Fitts while she used it the Cuprum was afterwards
found with it, some months ago, & they have not returned


I am much obligd to you for your friendly observes on
the stile & Language of the Electrical Cases 1 –– I did not
know they were yet publishd having seen none of the
Commentarys lately I dare say there are many such
Errors in them, but how could I give you any trouble
about them? –– I can only answer for their being
all fairly related –– The last one you never saw &
was the Case of Mr George Abercromby who had ye Os Femors broke
broke at Edinr 2 or 3 years ago ––


My best wishes
attend all your Family & with the most grateful sense
of all your Favours I am with all possible esteem


Dear Sir
Your most obedt & obligd
hulle Servt.
Jas. Saunders
Banff 19th May 1776



[Page 3]


Doctor William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


With Gl Abercrombys complts
& if Doctor Cullen pleases to send an
answer on Saturday to Georges Square
the General will forward the same to
Banff


George Square
22 May 1776


Dr Saunders. [Q.?]
Genl Abercrombie's
Neice. 19th May 1776
Vol Vth p.33

Notes:

1: See ‘An Account of the Effects of Electricity in Different Diseases by Dr James Saunders, Physician in Banff’ in the Medical and Philosophical Commentaries, [Volume 3 of 3] By a Society in Edinburgh. (London: 1780), p. 393. Any earlier publication untraced. Cullen had evidently provided some editorial input.

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