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

 

[ID:1493] From: Miss Anna Innes / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Jean Innes (Jane) (Patient) / 19 February 1778 / (Incoming)

Letter from Anna Innes concerning the case of her sister Jean (Jane), who has a hectic cough (consumption).

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1493
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/587
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date19 February 1778
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 Anna Innes concerning the case of her sister Jean (Jane), who has a hectic cough (consumption).
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:455]
Case of Miss Jane Innes who has a long-term cough (consumption) which eventually proves fatal.
10


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1900]AuthorMiss Anna Innes
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1899]PatientMiss Jean Innes (Jane)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1898]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr David Brodie
[PERS ID:2227]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Innes
[PERS ID:1900]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMiss Anna Innes
[PERS ID:1981]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendSir James Innes Norcliffe (Sir James Norcliffe, 6th Bt of Innes; later James Innes Ker, 5th Duke of Roxburghe)

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Elgin East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Aberdeen East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Main by Elgin February the 19
1778

Sir


By this time I dare say you have received a
letter from my Brother Sir Jas Norcliffe ac¬
quanting you that I was to correspond with
you about my sister. When at Edinburgh upon
our way North she Writ you a Card. I dare
say you had been out of Town otherwise
we should have had the pleasure of Seeing
you -- she had at that time got Stronger
and upon the whole was greatly better only
still retained a little of the Cough parti¬
cularly in the Mornings when she Spit all¬
ways a good deal she likewise had
a Vast oppression upon her Breathing
she made out her Journey North vastly



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well and got flesh. About the end of November
she caught a severe cold attended with a
feverish complaint and Violent Rheuma¬
tisms
. We Sent then to Aberdeen for Dr H.
Brodie: he came and attended her for
Some days and left her much better - at
that time he was still of opinion her Lungs
were Safe - but that her case was compli¬
cated and Seem'd to think she was Spitting
up from Some Ulcer but not in her Lungs
she even then had Symptoms gave rea¬
son to suspect Worms -- she continued
much in the Day the Dr left her untill about


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Six weeks ago. when she was again Seized with
Aguish fits and dreadfull Startings &
cryings thro' the Nights when ever she
begins to Shut her Eyes. those Symptoms all¬
ways preceeds the Coughing fits - even thro
the day was she to attempt Sleeping the mo¬
ment she Shuts her Eyes those Startings &
cryings comes on -- she likewise often com¬
plains of a pain in the Bottom of her Sto¬
mack
. no kind of Milk or Slops agrees every¬
thing of the Sweet kind adds to her Cough. The
pain she used to complain of ↑in her Breast for all the
Violence of the Cough is quit gone & has been
for more then Seven Weeks --


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As Dr H Brodie is not at Aberdeen his father
has attended my Sister for a Week past he has
tryed what she Spits in all the different ways
amongst Water - and he thinks the Spitting comes
from an Ulcer in what he calls the Brunchea
if she but press her Throat the matter comes
up. He has given his Son an account of all
the different Symptoms which indeed are
many and Various. If he is in Edinburgh he is
to wait upon you. If not he is to write you
she is much reduced. I wish you may
understand what I have Writ, it is as near
as I can what my Syster complains of & what


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I have observed - her Tongue is allways moist
and well Coloured, or can I observe that
she has any Hectick fits -- The Aguish
complaint has been very severe upon
her this last week. Monday After noon
she had a Violent cold fit came on & for two Hours before
the Violent Sweat she [Peeved?] a good
deal. Yesterday & this day she has had
none of them. and rested better last
Night -- Dr David Brodie has given


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an expectorating mixture which Seems to
agree vastly well -- When you are so good
as write me do it in such a way that
my Syster can See it - as she is rather a
degree apprehensive and the least word
Alarms her -- forgive this caution ---
her Aguish complaint allways begins in
her Thighs and the east wind affects her --
forgive this trouble & I am &c


Sir Your Humble
Servant

Anna Innes



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Miss Innes Concerning
her Sister. ----
February 19. 1778.

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Main by Elgin Febr ye 19
1778

Sir


By this time I dare say you have received a
letter from my Bror Sir Jas Norcliffe ac¬
quanting you that I was to correspond with
you about my sister. When at Edr upon
our way North she Writ you a Card. I dare
say you had been out of Town otherwise
we should have had the pleasure of Seeing
you -- she had at that time got Stronger
and upon the whole was greatly better only
still retained a little of the Cough parti¬
cularly in the Mornings when she Spit all¬
ways a good deal she likewise had
a Vast oppression upon her Breathing
she made out her Journey North vastly



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well and got flesh. About the end of Novr
she caught a severe cold attended with a
feverish complaint and Violent Rheuma¬
tisms
. We Sent then to Aberdeen for Dr H.
Brodie: he came and attended her for
Some days and left her much better - at
that time he was still of opinion her Lungs
were Safe - but that her case was compli¬
cated and Seem'd to think she was Spitting
up from Some Ulcer but not in her Lungs
she even then had Symptoms gave rea¬
son to suspect Worms -- she continued
much in the Day the Dr left her untill about


[Page 3]

Six weeks ago. when she was again Seized with
Aguish fits and dreadfull Startings &
cryings thro' the Nights when ever she
begins to Shut her Eyes. those Symptoms all¬
ways preceeds the Coughing fits - even thro
the day was she to attempt Sleeping the mo¬
ment she Shuts her Eyes those Startings &
cryings comes on -- she likewise often com¬
plains of a pain in the Bottom of her Sto¬
mack
. no kind of Milk or Slops agrees every¬
thing of the Sweet kind adds to her Cough. The
pain she used to complain of ↑in her Breast for all the
Violence of the Cough is quit gone & has been
for more then Seven Weeks --


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As Dr H Brodie is not at Aberg. his father
has attended my Sister for a Week past he has
tryed what she Spits in all the different ways
amongst Water - and he thinks the Spitting comes
from an Ulcer in what he calls the Brunchea
if she but press her Throat the matter comes
up. He has given his Son an account of all
the different Symptoms which indeed are
many and Various. If he is in Edr he is
to wait upon you. If not he is to write you
she is much reduced. I wish you may
understand what I have Writ, it is as near
as I can what my Syster complains of & what


[Page 5]

I have observed - her Tongue is allways moist
and well Coloured, or can I observe that
she has any Hectick fits -- The Aguish
complaint has been very severe upon
her this last week. Monday After noon
she had a Violent cold fit came on & for two Hours before
the Violent Sweat she [Peeved?] a good
deal. Yesterday & this day she has had
none of them. and rested better last
Night -- Dr David Brodie has given


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an expectorating mixture which Seems to
agree vastly well -- When you are so good
as write me do it in such a way that
my Syster can See it - as she is rather a
degree apprehensive and the least word
Alarms her -- forgive this caution ---
her Aguish complaint allways begins in
her Thighs and the east wind affects her --
forgive this trouble & I am &c


Sir Your Humble
Sert

Anna Innes



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Doctor Cullen
Edr


Miss Innes C.
her Sister. ----
Feb. 19. 1778.

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