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

 

[ID:1586] From: Dr David Goodsir / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs Margaret Thomson (Paterson) (Thompson; of Charleton) (Patient), Mr William Henderson (Patient) / 16 November 1778 / (Incoming)

Letter from David Goodsir regarding treating Mrs Thomson of Charleton's bowel complaints with flannel wrappings, plasters and other medicines. He also updates Cullen on their old patient, Mr Henderson, who is 'Greatly recoverd, being no[w] able to walk about upon his limbs, and the Sensation very distinct, the Evacuations of Excriments and urine regular'.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1586
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/675
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date16 November 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 David Goodsir regarding treating Mrs Thomson of Charleton's bowel complaints with flannel wrappings, plasters and other medicines. He also updates Cullen on their old patient, Mr Henderson, who is 'Greatly recoverd, being no[w] able to walk about upon his limbs, and the Sensation very distinct, the Evacuations of Excriments and urine regular'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:197]
Case of William Henderson who is seriously ill with severe weakness, sweatings, a disordered bowel and 'insensitivity' in his 'left limb'.
8
[Case ID:555]
Case of Mrs Thomson of Charlton who suffers from sleeplessness and abdominal pains described as hypochondriasis. She is later suspected of having bladder stones and has a paralysis in the arm.
9


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1295]AuthorDr David Goodsir
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2124]PatientMr William Henderson
[PERS ID:831]PatientMrs Margaret Thomson (Thompson; of Charleton)
[PERS ID:1295]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr David Goodsir
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2232]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr John Thomson (Thompson; of Charleton)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Leven Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Charleton House Colinsburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Sir


By a letter I received this afternoon from
Mr Thomson of Charleton I am desired to trouble yow with
this in order to acquaint yow of some things Given Mrs Thomson
by me. Some weeks ago when called there I imagined a Regimen
of Diet and proper Excercise might answer the End of removeing
her Costiveness and Complaint in her Bowells which indeed with
Injections seemd to answer the purpose pretty well. But returning
rather more violently I desired flannell might be rolld around her
Bowlls
. The Excercisse continued and the following Bolus att Bed¬
time as Circumstances required ℞ Theriac venet ℈i pulv. Ipeca subt gr ij
opi grſs. 1 by which she had a good nights rest and was Evry way Easier.
In the mornings I advised giveing her disolved in watter Tart Solub ʒij 2
and powder of valerian & Zinziber att any time when complaining
thro' the day. This last I never found any good Effect from, but the
Soluble tartar
keep her Belly Easie and the Bolus a Gentle moistness
upon the skine instead of a dry heat much complaind of before



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I had determined to apply a warming plaster of the Diachylon Gum & Epispastic plaster over her Bowell, But thought it very
advisible to go to Edinburgh for your advice which if any way commited
to me will be as puctually obeyd as I can ––––


I hope it will be very agreeable for you to hear our Patient Mr
Henderson is Greatly recoverd, being no able to walk about upon
his limbs, and the Sensation very distinct, the Evacuations of
Excriments and urine regular and a Sign of Health now
and then, what I found most benefits from, has been blisters
often repeated upon
the os Sacrum, and Even up the whole
Spine
with the Continued use of powder of the Bark & valerian
three times a day, in warm weather sea bathing did great good

I am respectfully
Doctor
your most obedient and very humble servant
David Goodsir
Leven 16h November 1778



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To
Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Goodsir – Leven
Mrs Thomson and
Mr Henderson.
November 1778.

Notes:

1: "Take a scruple of Venetian Theriac, 2 grains of finely powdered Ipecacuanha, and half a grain of Opium".

2: "2 drachms of Soluble Tartar".

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Sir


By a letter I received this afternoon from
Mr Thomson of Charleton I am desired to trouble yow with
this in order to acquaint yow of some things Given Mrs Thomson
by me. Some weeks ago when called there I imagined a Regimen
of Diet and proper Excercise might answer the End of removeing
her Costiveness and Complaint in her Bowells which indeed with
Injections seemd to answer the purpose pretty well. But returning
rather more violently I desired flannell might be rolld around her
Bowlls
. The Excercisse continued and the following Bolus att Bed¬
time as Circumstances required ℞ Theriac venet ℈i pulv. Ipeca subt gr ij
opi grſs. 1 by which she had a good nights rest and was Evry way Easier.
In the mornings I advised giveing her disolved in watter Tart Solub ʒij 2
and powder of valerian & Zinziber att any time when complaining
thro' the day. This last I never found any good Effect from, but the
Soluble tartar
keep her Belly Easie and the Bolus a Gentle moistness
upon the skine instead of a dry heat much complaind of before



[Page 2]

I had determined to apply a warming plaster of the Diach¬
ry
Gum & Epispast plaster over her Bowell, But thought it very
advisible to go to Edir for your advice which if any way commited
to me will be as puctually obeyd as I can ––––


I hope it will be very agreeable for you to hear our Patient Mr
Henderson is Greatly recoverd, being no able to walk about upon
his limbs, and the Sensation very distinct, the Evacuations of
Excriments and urine regular and a Signam Sanitatis now
and then, what I found most benefits from, has been blisters
often repeated upon
the os Sacrum, and Even up the whole
Spine
with the Continued use of powder of the Bark & valerian
three times a day, in warm weather sea bathing did great good

I am respectfully
Doctor
your most obt and very huble svt
David Goodsir
Leven 16h Novbr 1778



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To
Doctor Cullen
Edinr


Goodsir – Leven
Mrs Thomson and
Mr Henderson.
Novr. 1778.

Notes:

1: "Take a scruple of Venetian Theriac, 2 grains of finely powdered Ipecacuanha, and half a grain of Opium".

2: "2 drachms of Soluble Tartar".

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