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

 

[ID:1415] From: Mr William Turnbull / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Reverend Cuthbert Allen (Allan; of Wooler) (Patient), Mrs Younghusband (Young husband) (Patient), Mrs Elliott (Elliot) (Patient) / 9 June 1777 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Turnbull regarding the case of Mrs Eliott, wife of the Curate of Bamburgh, aged 34, a mother of 4. She has chronic catarrh, diarrhœa and menstrual complaints. He also comments on payments being sent from other shared patients, the Rev. Allen and Mrs Younghusband. Letter ID:1416 seems to have been sent along with this giving Rev. Elliott's case.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1415
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/511a
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date9 June 1777
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from William Turnbull regarding the case of Mrs Eliott, wife of the Curate of Bamburgh, aged 34, a mother of 4. She has chronic catarrh, diarrhœa and menstrual complaints. He also comments on payments being sent from other shared patients, the Rev. Allen and Mrs Younghusband. Letter ID:1416 seems to have been sent along with this giving Rev. Elliott's case.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1]
Case of the Reverend Mr Cuthbert Allen of Wooler, suffering from consumption, and later anasarca and a hernia to his scrotum.
8
[Case ID:26]
Case of Mrs Younghusband with complications during pregnancy.
3
[Case ID:856]
Case of Mrs Elliot who has a chronic catarrhal cough, diarrhœa and menstrual problems.
6


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:2837]AuthorMr William Turnbull
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1939]PatientMrs Elliott (Elliot)
[PERS ID:1310]PatientReverend Cuthbert Allen (Allan; of Wooler)
[PERS ID:1419]PatientMrs Younghusband (Young husband)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2837]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Turnbull
[PERS ID:1937]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Armstrong
[PERS ID:1216]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendReverend Henry Elliot (Elliott, of Beadnell and Bamburgh; at Fowberry, nr. Belford (Northumberland))
[PERS ID:1978]OtherMr Anderson

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Wooler North-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred

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Dear Sir


I hope you received three Gunies per Mr. Anderson
which I sent you last week Viz; two from Vicar
Allen and One from Mrs Younghusband ––––


The following is the case of Mrs. Eliot wife to Mr. Eliot
the Minister whom you know And this comes by Mr.
Armstrong who consults you about a Stomach Complaint
but as he will give you the history of his own disease
shall not trouble you with any detail thereof ––––


Mrs. Eliot is about 34 years of age and was always deli¬
cate from her infancy but appeared of a plethorick healthy
countenance and has much the appearance of a strong
Muscular woman she has been married about 13 years ––
has had four children the youngest is four years of age
She was generally very regular in her courses except when
with child Ever since she was married has been seizd with
a Violent Cough during the Winter and Spring and went
which left her about the Middle of June she expectorate
generally pretty well without any particular colour or
taste
excepting what is common in a recent Cold some
times complained of a pain in her left side and coud not
Lay upon it ↑but for two years past this has left her↑ Bleeding and the Antiphlogistick method
and sometimes blisters wearing of flannell and asses milk
&c. &c., was allways recommended and allways succeeded
so far as to remove it for the Summer season which indeed
was as much owing to the warm weather as any regimen;
This Winter these symptoms begun very early and has
continued with greater violence than ever with a pain in
her breast and hectick heats and cold alternately and likewise



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an Obstruction of her Menses for six weeks but is now
returned and she has it very irregular perhaps every two
or three days but in small quantities
has for the most
part a Diarrhea attended with thirst &c. When the Diarrhea
stops for a day or two the pain of her breast is greatly worse
What she spits now is a thick yellow well digested phlegm ––
Since this month came in the symptoms are more moderate
and we are in hopes that if the weather were more temperate
that they woud intirely leave her. The Diarrhea is now her
greatest complaint with a Griping and great noise in
her bowels however she is rather better her Cough is allways
best in the Nightime –– She is now drinking the asses milk
which answers well for her breast complaints but rather
increases the Diarrhea we give her a little Rum in her
Milk and proposes giving her some of the Absorbent powder
to prevent the Griping &c. –– She has taken the Columba &
Rhubarb with the Ipecacuanah, Squil pills & Gentle
Vomits
has been proposed but she has not yet taken any ––
The Above is writen rather in a hurry but hopes it will
convey ↑to↑ you a proper idea of her case and I am Dear Sir

Your very humble servant
Wm Turnbull
Wooler June 9.th 1777

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir


I hope you recd. three Gunies per Mr. Anderson
which I sent you last week Viz; two from Vicar
Allen and One from Mrs Younghusband ––––


The following is the case of Mrs. Eliot wife to Mr. Eliot
the Minister whom you know And this comes by Mr.
Armstrong who consults you about a Stomach Complaint
but as he will give you the history of his own disease
shall not trouble you with any detail thereof ––––


Mrs. Eliot is about 34 years of age and was always deli¬
cate from her infancy but appeared of a plethorick healthy
countenance and has much the appearance of a strong
Muscular woman she has been married about 13 years ––
has had four children the youngest is four years of age
She was generally very regular in her courses except when
with child Ever since she was married has been seizd with
a Violent Cough during the Winter and Spring and went
which left her about the Middle of June she expectorate
generally pretty well without any particular colour or
taste
excepting what is common in a recent Cold some
times complained of a pain in her left side and coud not
Lay upon it ↑but for two years past this has left her↑ Bleeding and the Antiphlogistick method
and sometimes blisters wearing of flannell and asses milk
&c. &c., was allways recommended and allways succeeded
so far as to remove it for the Summer season which indeed
was as much owing to the warm weather as any regimen;
This Winter these symptoms begun very early and has
continued with greater violence than ever with a pain in
her breast and hectick heats and cold alternately and likewise



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an Obstruction of her Menses for six weeks but is now
returned and she has it very irregular perhaps every two
or three days but in small quantities
has for the most
part a Diarrhea attended with thirst &c. When the Diarrhea
stops for a day or two the pain of her breast is greatly worse
What she spits now is a thick yellow well digested phlegm ––
Since this month came in the symptoms are more moderate
and we are in hopes that if the weather were more temperate
that they woud intirely leave her. The Diarrhea is now her
greatest complaint with a Griping and great noise in
her bowels however she is rather better her Cough is allways
best in the Nightime –– She is now drinking the asses milk
which answers well for her breast complaints but rather
increases the Diarrhea we give her a little Rum in her
Milk and proposes giving her some of the Absorbent powder
to prevent the Griping &c. –– She has taken the Columba &
Rhubarb with the Ipecacuanah, Squil pills & Gentle
Vomits
has been proposed but she has not yet taken any ––
The Above is writen rather in a hurry but hopes it will
convey ↑to↑ you a proper idea of her case and I am Dear Sir

Your very hb.le servt.
Wm Turnbull
Wooler June 9.th 1777

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