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

 

[ID:1407] From: Professor Thomas Hamilton / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs Whytlaw (of Glasgow) (Patient) / 21 May 1777 / (Incoming)

Letter from Thomas Hamilton concerning the case of Mrs Whytlaw. He apologises for his delay in answering Cullen's letter of 5 May as he had been visiting Mr Campbell in Islay. He adds: 'I am under numerous engagements for Oxford but have found that of the many who have applied numbers have altered their views so that I am hopefull I may be able to serve your freinds' He describes his dietary and exercise advice for Mrs Whytlaw, whose symptoms he believes to be hysterical: 'She has set her mind upon getting to the Country a Goat Whey expedition was projected I expected as much good from from the exercise as perhaps from the use of the Milk'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1407
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/503
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date21 May 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 Thomas Hamilton concerning the case of Mrs Whytlaw. He apologises for his delay in answering Cullen's letter of 5 May as he had been visiting Mr Campbell in Islay. He adds: 'I am under numerous engagements for Oxford but have found that of the many who have applied numbers have altered their views so that I am hopefull I may be able to serve your freinds' He describes his dietary and exercise advice for Mrs Whytlaw, whose symptoms he believes to be hysterical: 'She has set her mind upon getting to the Country a Goat Whey expedition was projected I expected as much good from from the exercise as perhaps from the use of the Milk'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:756]
Case of Mrs Whytlaw whose symptoms are treated as 'hysterical' and attributed to menstrual obstruction.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1057]AuthorProfessor Thomas Hamilton
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2747]PatientMrs Whytlaw (of Glasgow)
[PERS ID:1057]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryProfessor Thomas Hamilton
[PERS ID:1252]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Alexander or James? Parlane
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1975]OtherMr Campbell ('my good freind Mr Campbell')

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Islay West Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Oxford East England Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


I beg your pardon for not
answering yours of the 5th. I was hurried for
a day or two & afterwards had to set out for Islay
at a minutes warning to visit my good freind
Mr Campbell I was sorry to find upon coming back
that I had missed the opportunity of seeing you at Glasgow.
You may believe Doctor that anything in my
power to serve you is gratefully at your Command
I am under numerous engagements for Oxford
but have found that of the many who have applied
numbers have altered their views so that I am
hopefull I may be able to serve your freinds and you
may depend upon everything I am capable of doing
You visited Mrs Whytlaw when at Glasgow and
delayed giving her full advice until you had
a letter from me. She is but lately a patient of
mine, and from every veiw I coud have of the case
I could have I coud not help considering it as Hysterical
I advised her to use exercise on horseback which she did
with some advantage. The weather however prevented her
from continuing it & she was hurt considerably by



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confinement. Of late she has been rather better
and was to get out whenever the weather woud permit
Her food has always been solid when she used slops
she has consistently found herself worse she has been
used to take a glass of wine sometimes with water
& has in general abstained from malt liquor


She takes at night an anodyne equal parts of Liquid Laudanum
and Spirit of Lavender Compound and occasionally a Laxative pill
for some months past she has been subject to violent
pains in
the belly with reaching at the time of
menstruation these fitts have often left her low and
defeat for some days
. She has set her mind upon
getting to the Country a Goat Whey expedition was
projected I expected as much good from from the exercise
as perhaps from the use of the Milk She had been
either used to bath or it had been proposed by Mr Parlane
I beleive she has not used the bath for a great while
nor did I think it proper in her present situation.


These Doctor are the hints I can give you I have been
short while employed & coud get to the knowledge & facts
only by second hand. She woud mention worms to you
Mrs Bannatyne gave the suggestion the common black
powders 1 were used with no effect. I shall beg an answer
from you by your conveniency

Believe me Sir
your most Humble Servant
Thomas Hamilton
Glasgow 21 May 1777



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To
Doctor William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh

✍ Dr Hamilton
C Mrs Whytlaw
May 21: 1777.
V vii P42.

Notes:

1: Unidentified medical preparation (a vermifuge?), though apparently common enough for Hamilton to assume Cullen knows what they are.

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Dear Sir


I beg your pardon for not
answering yours of the 5th. I was hurried for
a day or two & afterwards had to set out for Islay
at a minutes warning to visit my good freind
Mr Campbell I was sorry to find upon coming back
that I had missed the opportunity of seeing you at Glasgow.
You may believe Doctor that anything in my
power to serve you is gratefully at your Command
I am under numerous engagements for Oxford
but have found that of the many who have applied
numbers have altered their views so that I am
hopefull I may be able to serve your freinds and you
may depend upon everything I am capable of doing
You visited Mrs Whytlaw when at Glasgow and
delayed giving her full advice until you had
a letter from me. She is but lately a patient of
mine, and from every veiw I coud have of the case
I could have I coud not help considering it as Hysterical
I advised her to use exercise on horseback which she did
with some advantage. The weather however prevented her
from continuing it & she was hurt considerably by



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confinement. Of late she has been rather better
and was to get out whenever the weather woud permit
Her food has always been solid when she used slops
she has consistently found herself worse she has been
used to take a glass of wine sometimes with water
& has in general abstained from malt liquor


She takes at night an anodyne equal parts of L.L.
and Spt Lav: C and occasionally a Laxative pill
for some months past she has been subject to violent
pains in
the belly with reaching at the time of
menstruation these fitts have often left her low and
defeat for some days
. She has set her mind upon
getting to the Country a Goat Whey expedition was
projected I expected as much good from from the exercise
as perhaps from the use of the Milk She had been
either used to bath or it had been proposed by Mr Parlane
I beleive she has not used the bath for a great while
nor did I think it proper in her present situation.


These Doctor are the hints I can give you I have been
short while employed & coud get to the knowledge & facts
only by second hand. She woud mention worms to you
Mrs Bannatyne gave the suggestion the common black
powders 1 were used with no effect. I shall beg an answer
from you by your conveniency

Bleive me Sir
your most Humble Servt
Thomas Hamilton
Glasgow 21 May 1777



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To
Doctor William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh

✍ Dr Hamilton
C Mrs Whytlaw
May 21: 1777.
V vii P42.

Notes:

1: Unidentified medical preparation (a vermifuge?), though apparently common enough for Hamilton to assume Cullen knows what they are.

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