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

 

[ID:158] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Anonymous / Regarding: Mr Robert Cunningham (Patient), Mr Frank Cunningham (Cunninghame) (Patient), Mr David Cunningham (Patient) / 30 June 1781 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'For the Mr Cunninghams'. Includes dietary directions for Mr Cunningham's sons, Robert, David and Frank. They mush have a draught of cow's milk every morning, abstain from tea and coffee at breakfast, and may have a daily glass or two of watered down port or claret at dinner.

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DOC ID 158
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/14/44
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date30 June 1781
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Summary Reply, 'For the Mr Cunninghams'. Includes dietary directions for Mr Cunningham's sons, Robert, David and Frank. They mush have a draught of cow's milk every morning, abstain from tea and coffee at breakfast, and may have a daily glass or two of watered down port or claret at dinner.
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[Case ID:1425]
Case of the young 'Mr Cunninghams', Robert, David and Frank. Robert has an eruption. They are all given dietary advice.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3365]Addressee
[PERS ID:3363]PatientMr Frank Cunningham (Cunninghame)
[PERS ID:3364]PatientMr David Cunningham
[PERS ID:3362]PatientMr Robert Cunningham
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Wallhouse Torphichen Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred

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For the Mr Cunninghams


We are very happy to observe all the young Gentlemen
in very good health and hope the air and exercise of the
Country shall strongly confirm it.


For some time past Mr Robert has been troubled with
an eruption which shews that there has been some little
fault in his blood but we hope it is of little consequence and
we only think it will be proper for him to take a little
medicine for two or three weeks and in a day ↑or two↑ it shall be
transmitted with proper directions


This medicene requires no confinement nor any other
diet for Mr Robert than what is proper also for the other
young gentlemen.


All of them may have broth and a bit of any plain light
meat at dinner but they should never make a full meal of
animal food but should always make the greatest part of
their meal of broth, light pudding and vegetables of any kinds
that are in season. Ripe fruit in moderate quantity are
very allowable. Mr David or Mr Frank may sometimes



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have a little light fresh fish but Mr Robert should never taste
any thing of that kind. Eggs also are much less proper for
him than the other gentlemen.


All of them should have no meat at supper and then only
some kind of milkmeat or vegetables.


At breakfast they should take neither tea nor Coffee. They
may have plain milk either at breakfast or supper but
should take it but once a day and at the other meal they
should take whey or fresh buttermilk


Every morning all of them but particularly Mr Robert
should before he gets out of bed & about two ↑or three↑ hours before
breakfast have a draught of new drawn Cow milk whey.
It may be from half a muchkin to a whole muchkin but
if a muchkin is taken it should be at two or three draughts
with some time between each. If they take the whey
early they may sleep after it providing in that sleep they
do not sweat but if they sweat, they should get out of bed
immediately after the first draught; and if they don't chuse
to be disturbed [ear]ly and are therefore late in beginning the
whey they should get up immediately after taking the first



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draught for lying long abed in the morning or sitting up
late at night is not proper for them.


The young gentlemen will be much the better for Air
and exercise but they should take care never to be much
heated by any exercise & therefore if warm weather should
set in their studies should always be in the middle of the
day. Their ordinary drink should be plain water, whey,
or buttermilk taking care that they take no very cold drink
when they are in any way warmed.


If there is any conveniency for cold bathing they may
practise it frequently, only taking care not to go into the
river or other cold water when their bodies are warm.


They young gentlemen may every day at dinner have
a glass or two of claret or a glass of port with two parts
of water

William Cullen

Edinburgh 30th June
1781

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For the Mr Cunninghams


We are very happy to observe all the young Gentlemen
in very good health and hope the air and exercise of the
Country shall strongly confirm it.


For some time past Mr Robert has been troubled with
an eruption which shews that there has been some little
fault in his blood but we hope it is of little consequence and
we only think it will be proper for him to take a little
medicine for two or three weeks and in a day ↑or two↑ it shall be
transmitted with proper directions


This medicene requires no confinement nor any other
diet for Mr Robert than what is proper also for the other
young gentlemen.


All of them may have broth and a bit of any plain light
meat at dinner but they should never make a full meal of
animal food but should always make the greatest part of
their meal of broth, light pudding and vegetables of any kinds
that are in season. Ripe fruit in moderate quantity are
very allowable. Mr David or Mr Frank may sometimes



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have a little light fresh fish but Mr Robert should never taste
any thing of that kind. Eggs also are much less proper for
him than the other gentlemen.


All of them should have no meat at supper and then only
some kind of milkmeat or vegetables.


At breakfast they should take neither tea nor Coffee. They
may have plain milk either at breakfast or supper but
should take it but once a day and at the other meal they
should take whey or fresh buttermilk


Every morning all of them but particularly Mr Robert
should before he gets out of bed & about two ↑or three↑ hours before
breakfast have a draught of new drawn Cow milk whey.
It may be from half a muchkin to a whole muchkin but
if a muchkin is taken it should be at two or three draughts
with some time between each. If they take the whey
early they may sleep after it providing in that sleep they
do not sweat but if they sweat, they should get out of bed
immediately after the first draught; and if they don't chuse
to be disturbed [ear]ly and are therefore late in beginning the
whey they should get up immediately after taking the first



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draught for lying long abed in the morning or sitting up
late at night is not proper for them.


The young gentlemen will be much the better for Air
and exercise but they should take care never to be much
heated by any exercise & therefore if warm weather should
set in their studies should always be in the middle of the
day. Their ordinary drink should be plain water, whey,
or buttermilk taking care that they take no very cold drink
when they are in any way warmed.


If there is any conveniency for cold bathing they may
practise it frequently, only taking care not to go into the
river or other cold water when their bodies are warm.


They young gentlemen may every day at dinner have
a glass or two of claret or a glass of port with two parts
of water

William Cullen

Edinr. 30th June
1781

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