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

 

[ID:1372] From: George McCallum / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs Davison (Davidson) (Patient) / 24 February 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from George McCallum, concerning the case of Mrs Davison.

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DOC ID 1372
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/469
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date24 February 1779
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 George McCallum, concerning the case of Mrs Davison.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1179]
Case of Mrs Davidson [Davidson] of South Queensferry who is being treated for a chest complaint and 'hysteric fits'.
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People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1950]Author George McCallum
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1951]PatientMrs Davison (Davidson)
[PERS ID:1950]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary George McCallum
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing South Queensferry (Queensferry) Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Queensferry 24th February 1778
Dear Sir


I send you the journal of Mrs Davisons case
since you saw her.


Thursday night she took the Anodyne just as you ordered
but did not rest with it at all. The Pectoral Linctus with
dilution and the Laxative Electuary both agree with her
very well. On Friday night she again took the Andodyne
but in a Divided dose with little better success than last night.
That afternoon I was sent for to her in great distress from the
Globus Hystericus rising up as she described from the part where
the Stitch was into her throat and threatening immediate
Suffocation
. She complained also of a sore throat and on looking
in I saw the Uvula and Tonsils a little inflamed but not much
swelled. This night I joined a little Tinct Castor to her opiate with
this Draut we thought her rather easier and continued to use
saturday & Sunday. Sunday night I omitted the Opiate and she
rested rather better than before. On Monday all appearances
were in her favour her Pulse below 80 at night eat an Egg and
expected rest, but disappointed. About 12 I was raised to her
and found her Coughing without intermission (but without the
Stitches) and throwing off a large quantity of Mucus, tinged
just as you saw it. Her Pulse not tellable I was at a loss what to
do, afraid of everything. the vessel in her lungs to burst out, her
throat to inflame her own terror increasing I applyd a blister
adown her Sternum she relieved as soon as it began to
operate she still complained a little of her throat and on



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on looking in ↑again↑ saw a large white slough on the right Tonsil
and the left
inflamed and swelled, as if it would also suppurate
yesterday I observed your general directions with regard to the
management of Blisters and find it answers well. She past last
night without her opiate tolerably well and this morning she
is better than she has been since you saw her. No stitches
the Cough less frequent the spitting less, her throat nearly of its
natural Collour ↑the left Tonsil not broke↑ and in short every way easier. I wish all
this continue. I am flattering my self that this same ↑[litle?]↑ Inflamation
in her throat, may be a translation of the Inflamatory Diathesis
of her blood from its first seat, and hoping it may greatly relieve
the Lungs. If so I shall not fail to acquaint you. In the
mean time I remain

Sir
your most Obedient humble servant
Geo. McCallum



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr McCallum
Mrs Davidson
February 25th 1779
9. p. 133

Diplomatic Text

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Queensferry 24th Feb 1778
Dr Sir


I send you the journal of Mrs Davisons case
since you saw her.


Thursday night she took the Anodyne just as you ordered
but did not rest with it at all. The Pectoral Linctus with
dilution and the Laxative Electuary both agree with her
very well. On Friday night she again took the Andodyne
but in a Divided dose with little better success than last night.
That afternoon I was sent for to her in great distress from the
Globus Hystericus rising up as she described from the part where
the Stitch was into her throat and threatening immediate
Suffocation
. She complained also of a sore throat and on looking
in I saw the Uvula and Tonsils a little inflamed but not much
swelled. This night I joined a little Tinct Castor to her opiate with
this Draut we thought her rather easier and continued to use
saturday & Sunday. Sunday night I omitted the Opiate and she
rested rather better than before. On Monday all appearances
were in her favour her Pulse below 80 at night eat an Egg and
expected rest, but disappointed. About 12 I was raised to her
and found her Coughing without intermission (but without the
Stitches) and throwing off a large quantity of Mucus, tinged
just as you saw it. Her Pulse not tellable I was at a loss what to
do, afraid of everything. the vessel in her lungs to burst out, her
throat to inflame her own terror increasing I applyd a blister
adown her Sternum she relieved as soon as it began to
operate she still complained a little of her throat and on



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on looking in ↑again↑ saw a large white slough on the right Tonsil
and the left
inflamed and swelled, as if it would also suppurate
yesterday I observed your general directions with regard to the
management of Blisters and find it answers well. She past last
night without her opiate tolerably well and this morning she
is better than she has been since you saw her. No stitches
the Cough less frequent the spitting less, her throat nearly of its
natural Collour ↑the left Tonsil not broke↑ and in short every way easier. I wish all
this continue. I am flattering my self that this same ↑[litle?]↑ Inflamation
in her throat, may be a translation of the Inflamatory Diathesis
of her blood from its first seat, and hoping it may greatly relieve
the Lungs. If so I shall not fail to acquaint you. In the
mean time I remain

Sir
your most Obed humble servant
Geo. McCallum



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Doctor Cullen
Edr


Mr McCallum
Mrs Davidson
Febry 25th 1779
9. p. 133

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