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

 

[ID:1421] From: Mr James Sturrock / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr James Sturrock (Patient) / 16 June 1777 / (Incoming)

Letter from James Sturrock, regarding his own case. He has been leeched, and described the progress of his stomach ailment and vomiting of bile. He is also being treated locally by Stevenson of Arbroath.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1421
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/516
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date16 June 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 James Sturrock, regarding his own case. He has been leeched, and described the progress of his stomach ailment and vomiting of bile. He is also being treated locally by Stevenson of Arbroath.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:217]
Case of James Sturrock who complains of giddiness and vomiting while being treated with an 'issue' on his head.
10


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1976]AuthorMr James Sturrock
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1976]PatientMr James Sturrock
[PERS ID:1476]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr John Stevenson (in Arbroath)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Arbroath East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Arbroath East Highlands Scotland Europe certain

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Doctor


Your much esteemed letter of the 24th ultimo
I duely received, for which I was much obliged to you, and
since that time have acted agreeable thereto. Last week I
had put upon my temples four Leeches, they drew exceeding
well and I beleive have been of some service ––––


Since I last wrote you I have frequantly found my
giddness rather extencive
which was the particular cause
in view for putting on the Leeches upon this occasion, but
even the Leeches have not done very material service
I am a good deal inclined to think that much of my
giddiness
proceeds from a Bilishness upon the stomach ––
The first vomit I took the latter end of January I threw up
a good deal
of greenish like stuff which my surgeon Mr
Stevenson called Bile
, and after that sometimes I was not
so giddy
, thereafter I took some bitters every day untill I
came over to you in Edinburgh in May, in which interval I im¬
agine I was rather freer of that stuff than since I have been;
Since the time I sett out to come over to you I have discon¬
tinued the taking of bitters, and am now inclined to think
that increases the Bilishness upon the stomach in so much
that you'll remember I threw up a large quantity the 21st May
of which I wrote you, and yesterday morning I again



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threw up
a large quantity of Bilish sower green stuff which
gave my head & heart exceeding distress; my reason for troubling
you just now is that I am much inclined to think that if any
mean could be fallen upon to hinder that Bilish stuff from
gathring upon the stomach it would very much tend to my
case, of which I entreat you will think and advise as soon
as possible –– Since I came home I have most closely
followed your directions in every respect, and do think they
would turn out singularly usefull, if this complaint mentioned
could only be helped, by any means, but it truely gives
much pain in the meantime, when it obliges me to throw
up
: you'll please observe that I threw up no quantity of
Bile from the 21s till yesterday, tho' in that intervale often
found it upon the stomach ––––


The wising noise in my head is still as much as ever,
and before throwing up of Bile, its rather worse than at
any other time ––––


About the beginning of July I expect to be in Edinburgh when I
promise myself the honour of waiting of you. In the meantime
I remain

Dear Sir your much obliged most
obedient very humble servant
Ja. Sturrock
Arbroath 16 June 1777



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P.S.
I take the aperiet solution now very well, and never
offers to throw up
but when the Bilish stuff is the
cause; at least I think so




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Dor. Will Cullin
Edinburgh

Diplomatic Text

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Doctor


Your much esteemed letter of the 24th ulto
I duely received, for which I was much obliged to you, and
since that time have acted agreeable thereto. Last week I
had put upon my temples four Leeches, they drew exceedg.
well and I beleive have been of some service ––––


Since I last wrote you I have frequantly found my
giddness rather extencive
which was the particular cause
in view for putting on the Leeches upon this occasion, but
even the Leeches have not done very material service
I am a good deal inclined to think that much of my
giddiness
proceeds from a Bilishness upon the stomach ––
The first vomit I took the latter end of Jany. I threw up
a good deal
of greenish like stuff which my surgeon Mr
Stevenson called Bile
, and after that sometimes I was not
so giddy
, thereafter I took some bitters every day untill I
came over to you in Edinr. in May, in which interval I im¬
agine I was rather freer of that stuff than since I have been;
Since the time I sett out to come over to you I have discon¬
tinued the taking of bitters, and am now inclined to think
that increases the Bilishness upon the stomach in so much
that you'll remember I threw up a large quantity the 21st May
of which I wrote you, and yesterday morning I again



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threw up
a large quantity of Bilish sower green stuff which
gave my head & heart exceeding distress; my reason for troubling
you just now is that I am much inclined to think that if any
mean could be fallen upon to hinder that Bilish stuff from
gathring upon the stomach it would very much tend to my
case, of which I entreat you will think and advise as soon
as possible –– Since I came home I have most closely
followed your directions in every respect, and do think they
would turn out singularly usefull, if this compt. mentioned
could only be helped, by any means, but it truely gives
much pain in the meantime, when it obliges me to throw
up
: you'll please observe that I threw up no quantity of
Bile from the 21s till yesterday, tho' in that intervale often
found it upon the stomach ––––


The wising noise in my head is still as much as ever,
and before throwing up of Bile, its rather worse than at
any other time ––––


About the beginning of July I expect to be in Edinr. when I
promise myself the honr. of waiting of you. In the meantime
I remain

Dr. Sir your much obliged most
obedient very humble servt
Ja. Sturrock
Arbroath 16 June 1777



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P.S.
I take the aperiet solution now very well, and never
offers to throw up
but when the Bilish stuff is the
cause; at least I think so




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Dor. Will Cullin
Edinr

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