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

 

[ID:1379] From: Dr Walter Riddell / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Sir William Carr (of Etal; Kerr, Carre) (Patient), Mr W. Barnett (Patient) / 4 March 1777 / (Incoming)

Letter from W. Riddell concerning the continuing case of Sir William Carr, with brief mention of the progress of W. Barnett.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1379
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/475
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date4 March 1777
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. Riddell concerning the continuing case of Sir William Carr, with brief mention of the progress of W. Barnett.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:579]
Case of Sir William Carr [Kerr] of Etal [Etall] with urinary retention and a suspected diabetes.
14
[Case ID:2151]
Case of Mr W. Barnett with urinary problems.
1


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:1869]PatientMr W. Barnett
[PERS ID:1717]PatientSir William Carr (of Etal; Kerr, Carre)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:561]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Walter Riddell
[PERS ID:1868]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendSir Walter Blackett

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
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,


Since my last I have had occasion
to see Sir William Carr, and was sorry to find him not
so well as cou'd be wish'd for, tho' the Diabetes continues
very much abated, and his appetite is very good, yet
he seems to be rather losing flesh, and complains very
much of weakness and lowness of spirits; he likewise
does not sleep well, and is much troubled with heat and
a dryness of his skin in the night, tho' his pulse is
not at all affected
, and he has little or no thirst; his
evacuations by stool are also very regular. -- The lowness
of his spirits
I impute in part to his being much alone
but chiefly, at present, to the severe shock he has lately
sustain'd by the sudden and unexpectd death of Sir Walter
Blackett, his most intimate friend and acquaintance. -
The want of flesh may be partly owing to the same cause,



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but more, I suspect, to his dozing very much in the day,
and both together, I apprehend, are the source of his present
imbecility. -- As he had for some time intermitted the
use of the Bark, I thought it was proper to have recourse
to it again as the most probable means, along with
excercise, which he takes daily on horseback, to restore
his strength, and in order to vary the form a little, I have
prescrib'd it in an Electuary, and, with a view to the
Diabetes, have added a little Allum and Conserve of
roses
to it. -- As he cou'd take the Bark but in small
quantity in this form, I have prescrib'd, at the same time,
an Infusion of it, with a little orange-peel, and have
added as much of the Elixir of Vitriol as is sufficient
to make it gratefully acid. -- This plan I mean course
I mean to continue for some time unless you suggest some
alteration, and, at Sir William's desire, I take the liberty


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of acting if you think any change of measures necessary.


You'll perhaps be surpris'd of my calling Mr. Carr
Sir William, as I wrote you some time ago that that he
had laid aside the title, which he did, not being able,
at that time, to prove clearly his right to it; but,
since then, his claim being fully ascertain'd, he has
resumed the title. --


It gives me pleasure to be able yo inform
you that our friend W. Barnett is considerably
better, having passed little or no water involun¬
tarily for four or five nights successively
. --


I have rais'd the quantity of Uva Ursi to two drachms
a day, which, as his disorder, seems to be abating, will,
I suppose, be sufficient. -- Expecting to hear from
you soon.


I am,
Dear Sir,
Your most obedient servant
W. Riddell.
Berwick 4th. March 1777. --



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Dr. Riddell concerning
Sir Wm Carr.
March 1777

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir,


Since my last I have had occasion
to see Sir William Carr, and was sorry to find him not
so well as cou'd be wish'd for, tho' the Diabetes continues
very much abated, and his appetite is very good, yet
he seems to be rather losing flesh, and complains very
much of weakness and lowness of spirits; he likewise
does not sleep well, and is much troubled with heat and
a dryness of his skin in the night, tho' his pulse is
not at all affected
, and he has little or no thirst; his
evacuations by stool are also very regular. -- The lowness
of his spirits
I impute in part to his being much alone
but chiefly, at present, to the severe shock he has lately
sustain'd by the sudden and unexpectd death of Sir Walter
Blackett, his most intimate friend and acquaintance. -
The want of flesh may be partly owing to the same cause,



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but more, I suspect, to his dozing very much in the day,
and both together, I apprehend, are the source of his present
imbecility. -- As he had for some time intermitted the
use of the Bark, I thought it was proper to have recourse
to it again as the most probable means, along with
excercise, which he takes daily on horseback, to restore
his strength, and in order to vary the form a little, I have
prescrib'd it in an Electuary, and, with a view to the
Diabetes, have added a little Allum and Conserve of
roses
to it. -- As he cou'd take the Bark but in small
quantity in this form, I have prescrib'd, at the same time,
an Infusion of it, with a little orange-peel, and have
added as much of the Elixir of Vitriol as is sufficient
to make it gratefully acid. -- This plan I mean course
I mean to continue for some time unless you suggest some
alteration, and, at Sir William's desire, I take the liberty


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of acting if you think any change of measures necessary.


You'll perhaps be surpris'd of my calling Mr. Carr
Sir William, as I wrote you some time ago that that he
had laid aside the title, which he did, not being able,
at that time, to prove clearly his right to it; but,
since then, his claim being fully ascertain'd, he has
resumed the title. --


It gives me pleasure to be able yo inform
you that our friend W. Barnett is considerably
better, having passed little or no water involun¬
tarily for four or five nights successively
. --


I have rais'd the quantity of Uva Ursi to two drachms
a day, which, as his disorder, seems to be abating, will,
I suppose, be sufficient. -- Expecting to hear from
you soon.


I am,
D. Sir,
Your most obedt. servt.
W. Riddell.
Berwick 4th. March 1777. --



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Dr. Riddell C.
Sir Wm Carr.
March 1777

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