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

 

[ID:1598] From: Reverend Henry Elliot (Elliott, of Beadnell and Bamburgh; at Fowberry, nr. Belford (Northumberland)) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Reverend Henry Elliot (Elliott, of Beadnell and Bamburgh; at Fowberry, nr. Belford (Northumberland)) (Patient), Mrs Elliott (Elliot) (Patient) / 11 December 1778 / (Incoming)

Letter from H. Elliott in Fowberry, concerning his own case, which has been worsened by the death of his wife.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1598
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/688
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date11 December 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 H. Elliott in Fowberry, concerning his own case, which has been worsened by the death of his wife.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:856]
Case of Mrs Elliot who has a chronic catarrhal cough, diarrhœa and menstrual problems.
6
[Case ID:857]
Case of the Reverend Mr Henry Elliot of Fowberry who suffers from a bad stoamch, 'heats' and other 'nervous' symptoms which are exaccerbated by the loss of his wife.
8


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1216]AuthorReverend Henry Elliot (Elliott, of Beadnell and Bamburgh; at Fowberry, nr. Belford (Northumberland))
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1939]PatientMrs Elliott (Elliot)
[PERS ID:1216]PatientReverend Henry Elliot (Elliott, of Beadnell and Bamburgh; at Fowberry, nr. Belford (Northumberland))
[PERS ID:2217]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr E Pringle (of Belford)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1939]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Elliott (Elliot)

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Fowberry Tower Bamburgh North-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Belford North-East England Europe certain

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Dear Doctor!


About two years ago I was sore troubled with cause¬
less doubts & fears
; strange fancies, yea and almost the whole train
of disorders that accompany nervous complaints; and after troubling
you with the account, you was kind enough to prescribe the following
powders, viz, two sruples of the powder of Chamomile flowers, one
scruple of prepared chalk, & one scruple of Peruvian bark; and two
vomits
; to be taken, the one before the powders, and the other two weeks
after; and being much the same way shortly; I have taken the
pukes & powders, but ↑tho↑ I think my stomach is rather not so foul,
yet I am pestered with nonsense, besides almost continual
hectic heats, and swellings of my flesh, hands especially, rheumatic
pains, in my side & hip, and at present across one of my thighs,
sweetings in bed in the latter part of the night; stitches &c,
all which, (loth to be always plauging you) Mr Pringle of Belford,
has laboured this quarter of a year to rid me of, by bleeding for
the stitches, blistering twice for the pains in the side, when violent,
by a number of powders of nitre & vermilion; and after all I
applied to your prescription and pukes above mentioned, but
still the heats, and all these doubts, & wanderings of the mind seem
to rage as much as ever; tho, the pains are mostly abated;



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Most of these complaints I know were {illeg} raised by grief for the loss of my
wife, who died in the beginning of August; If you can do me any service
it will be the greatest charity, for I am now so pestered with this disorder,
and yet not often sick; that it is certainly worse than death, thus to live in this
way; and if I find no relief from {illeg} what you shall please order, must
refer my case to God Almighty, being satisfied that if you can do me no good,
no mortal upon earth can; I am with the greatest regard, Dear Doctor


your obliged, humble
Servant
H: Elliott

Fowberry near Bambro,
December 11. 1778



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Elliot of Fowberry
December 1778.
9. p.94.

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Dear Doctor!


About two years ago I was sore troubled with cause¬
less doubts & fears
; strange fancies, yea and almost the whole train
of disorders that accompany nervous complaints; and after troubling
you with the account, you was kind enough to prescribe the following
powders, viz, two sruples of the powder of Chamomile flowers, one
scruple of prepared chalk, & one scruple of Peruvian bark; and two
vomits
; to be taken, the one before the powders, and the other two weeks
after; and being much the same way shortly; I have taken the
pukes & powders, but ↑tho↑ I think my stomach is rather not so foul,
yet I am pestered with nonsense, besides almost continual
hectic heats, and swellings of my flesh, hands especially, rheumatic
pains, in my side & hip, and at present across one of my thighs,
sweetings in bed in the latter part of the night; stitches &c,
all which, (loth to be always plauging you) Mr Pringle of Belford,
has laboured this quarter of a year to rid me of, by bleeding for
the stitches, blistering twice for the pains in the side, when violent,
by a number of powders of nitre & vermilion; and after all I
applied to your prescription and pukes above mentioned, but
still the heats, and all these doubts, & wanderings of the mind seem
to rage as much as ever; tho, the pains are mostly abated;



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Most of these complaints I know were {illeg} raised by grief for the loss of my
wife, who died in the beginning of Augt; If you can do me any service
it will be the greatest charity, for I am now so pestered with this disorder,
and yet not often sick; that it is certainly worse than death, thus to live in this
way; and if I find no relief from {illeg} what you shall please order, must
refer my case to God Almighty, being satisfied that if you can do me no good,
no mortal upon earth can; I am with the greatest regard, Dear Doctor


your obliged, humble
Servant
H: Elliott

Fowberry near Bambro,
Decr 11. 1778



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Elliot of Fowberry
Decr. 1778.
9. p.94.

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