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

 

[ID:1428] From: George Rae / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: George Rae (Patient) / 21 July 1777 / (Incoming)

Letter from George Rae, regarding his own case.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1428
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/523
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date21 July 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 George Rae, regarding his own case.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:860]
Case of George Rae who has a nervous weakness and suffers from a great 'uneasiness' in his mind.
1


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1980]Author George Rae
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1980]Patient George Rae
[PERS ID:707]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr John Fothergill
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing London London and South-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Britain Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Virginia USA North America certain
Mentioned / Other Islington Spa Islington London and South-East England Europe certain

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London 21st July 1777
Sir


You'll probably recollect that when I was in
Edinburgh last December I took your opinion concerning an
unhappy Complaint I then labour'd under and which I think
you calld Nervous, after using your prescription for about ten
days which was purgative I got somewhat better and continued
so for about two months, but afterwards relaps'd and have since
endur'd much perplexity in my mind where the disorder
seem altogether to seat itself, for I have nor never had any
pain occasiond by it ------ In case of a return you was pleas'd
to say I might inform you thereof and you would order
something which might be serviceable, I was in great
hopes by returning to Britain I should have recover'd my
health where the assistance of skilfull Physicians can be got

for these last four years I have been a Strangeer to that Quiet
of mind which I formerly enjoy'd. owning entirely to the Nature of
my Complaint, which has harass'd me Exceedingly --- The
Vast and undiscribable uneasiness which I so frequently feel
in my mind. I immagine must proceed from a weakness in
some part of the body or from a bad State of the Blood



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I Sleep well and in no way troubled with Starting when a Sleep as
is I believe the case generally with people troubled with Nervous disorders.
I find myself more reliev'd when I lye than when by either Riding or
Walking - Sometime ago I Consulted Dr Fothergill who is reckond
Skilfull. He Recommended Bathing for four or five weeks in
Salt Water and drinking Tar water one pint of it to six of
Water taking half a pint twice a day after Standing 48 hours.


I have not as yet made trial of either nor intend it till I
hear from you and whether you may approve of it --


according to an old Saying Drs will differ in Judgment
for on taking the opinion of another Physician he said bathing
in Salt water would be no way serviceable. so that I am at a loss
what to do; I am very desirous as I hope the american War 1 will
be over this Summer of returning to Virginia where I left my affairs
in a very disagreeable situation --- I have drank of a Mineral
Water for these two months calld the Islington Spa
without
Receiving any benefit from it ---- I was once relieved for eight
days from my Complaint by a Griping in the bowels and
discharge which continued about half a day.. I think I
mentiond this to you when in Edinburgh --- when troubled
with a wind in the Stomack. my complaint Seems to increase


I have always one and sometimes two Stools a day.



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I have had a small gathering in my Neck and a little pain
for about six weeks which the Drs call Glandular. I do not know
whether that may be suppos'd to be any way connected with the Nervous
disorder
---- About three years ago I had something of the same
kind on the opposite side of the Neck which grew almost as big
as a small Egg and painfull it was oblig'd to be laid open
twice, during the time of its discharging matter I was relievd from
my Nervous disorder the Spirits being good but upon the Necks
getting well /for it continued bad almost 3 months) the low
Spirits again return'd, Sometime after I had an Issue put into
my arm but receiving no benefit from it in two months took
it out from the above Circumstances I hope you will be
able to hit upon the cause of my sufferings and by the
favour of God be likeways able to prescribe Something that
may afford relief --- my utmost Endeavours is altogether
ineffectual in raising the Spirits to that height which would
make life desirable. --- I must beg as a favour you will be
pleasd to let me have your answer Soon. which will much
oblige


Your most obedient Servant
George Rae


P.S. please direct for me
at the Virginia Coffee house




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Dr William Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Rae - London
July 21st. 1777
No advice [--?]

Notes:

1: The American War of Independence (or America Revolutionary War), 1775-1783.

Diplomatic Text

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London 21st July 1777
Sir


You'll probably recollect that when I was in
Edin:r last December I took your opinion concerning an
unhappy Complaint I then labour'd under and which I think
you calld Nervous, after using your prescription for about ten
days which was purgative I got somewhat better and continued
so for about two months, but afterwards relaps'd and have since
endur'd much perplexity in my mind where the disorder
seem altogether to seat itself, for I have nor never had any
pain occasiond by it ------ In case of a return you was pleas'd
to say I might inform you thereof and you would order
something which might be serviceable, I was in great
hopes by returning to Britain I should have recover'd my
health where the assistance of skilfull Physicians can be got

for these last four years I have been a Strangeer to that Quiet
of mind which I formerly enjoy'd. owning entirely to the Nature of
my Complaint, which has harass'd me Exceedingly --- The
Vast and undiscribable uneasiness which I so frequently feel
in my mind. I immagine must proceed from a weakness in
some part of the body or from a bad State of the Blood



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I Sleep well and in no way troubled with Starting when a Sleep as
is I believe the case generally with people troubled with Nervous disorders.
I find myself more reliev'd when I lye than when by either Riding or
Walking - Sometime ago I Consulted Dr Fothergill who is reckond
Skilfull. He Recommended Bathing for four or five weeks in
Salt Water and drinking Tar water one pint of it to six of
Water taking half a pint twice a day after Standing 48 hours.


I have not as yet made trial of either nor intend it till I
hear from you and whether you may approve of it --


according to an old Saying Drs will differ in Judgment
for on taking the opinion of another Physician he said bathing
in Salt water would be no way serviceable. so that I am at a loss
what to do; I am very desirous as I hope the american War 1 will
be over this Summer of returning to Virg.a where I left my affairs
in a very disagreeable situation --- I have drank of a Mineral
Water for these two months calld the Islington Spa
without
Receiving any benefit from it ---- I was once relieved for eight
days from my Complaint by a Griping in the bowels and
discharge which continued about half a day.. I think I
mentiond this to you when in Edin. --- when troubled
with a wind in the Stomack. my complaint Seems to increase


I have always one and sometimes two Stools a day.



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I have had a small gathering in my Neck and a little pain
for about six weeks which the Drs call Glandular. I do not know
whether that may be suppos'd to be any way connected with the Nervous
disorder
---- About three years ago I had something of the same
kind on the opposite side of the Neck which grew almost as big
as a small Egg and painfull it was oblig'd to be laid open
twice, during the time of its discharging matter I was relievd from
my Nervous disorder the Spirits being good but upon the Necks
getting well /for it continued bad almost 3 months) the low
Spirits again return'd, Sometime after I had an Issue put into
my arm but receiving no benefit from it in two months took
it out from the above Circumstances I hope you will be
able to hit upon the cause of my sufferings and by the
favour of God be likeways able to prescribe Something that
may afford relief --- my utmost Endeavours is altogether
ineffectual in raising the Spirits to that height which would
make life desirable. --- I must beg as a favour you will be
pleasd to let me have your answer Soon. which will much
oblige


Your most obed.t Serv.t
Geo. Rae


P.S. please direct for me
at the Virginia Coffee house




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Dr William Cullen
Edin.r


Mr Rae - London
July 21st. 1777
No advice [--?]

Notes:

1: The American War of Independence (or America Revolutionary War), 1775-1783.

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