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

 

[ID:1639] From: Mr Charles Addison / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Charles Addison (Patient) / 16 March 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from Charles Addison of Bo'ness, concerning his own case (enclosed with Letter 1638 from his surgeon, John Short). He thanks Cullen for his letter of 8 February, and describes his hand and chest pains: 'Mr. Short says he never had a patient in this disease of mine & I think has not s[t]udy'd it much'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1639
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/727b
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date16 March 1779
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Charles Addison of Bo'ness, concerning his own case (enclosed with Letter 1638 from his surgeon, John Short). He thanks Cullen for his letter of 8 February, and describes his hand and chest pains: 'Mr. Short says he never had a patient in this disease of mine & I think has not s[t]udy'd it much'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1008]
Case of Mr Charles Addison (patient of John Short), whose various chest, bladder, and other complaints may or may not be gouty.
11


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:2568]AuthorMr Charles Addison
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2568]PatientMr Charles Addison
[PERS ID:671]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Short
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Bo'ness (Borness / Borrowstouneness) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Bo'ness (Borness / Borrowstouneness) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Borness 16.th March 1779
Sir


Your very obliging letter of the 8.th of February
I received, & youl please accept my sincere thanks
for the attention shewn to my complaints. I will
endeavour to follow your directions. & I doubt not
of being the better of them –––– For a fortnight
after you was here I continued to recover every day,
went out several times in a chaise & at last ventured
to walk out –– but whether from cold or what
other cause, I was about two weeks ago again
siezed with the gout as described by Mr Short
The pain in my right hand / Which by the bye still
disables me / was more fixed & liker a regular
gout
than it was in my former illness. –– I have
been for Eight days past free of all pain except
that mention'd by Mr Short in my right breast
– which was very uneasie upon motion, not otherway's,
but it did not at all affect my breathing, nor did
it in the least disturb my sleep which for a week
past has been as calm & refreshing as when in
health. My appetite not to be complain of, but



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when I went beyond things very simple, I was & am
distressd with oppression & wind –– The urine has
not for a week past been high coloured, nor has it had
so much sedement as when the gout was upon me
–– I am not now troubled with sweatings in the
night
, but in siting up through the day, I am often
inclined to sweat
. – Today I keept my bed &
indulged it – but whether this be right or not I
cannot say –– . Do you think I might venture upon
a ride, in a chaise. I have no pain that would
prevent me –– –––– Might I use Tansy Tea
in place of India, & have heard it prescribed for the
gout, –––– Mr. Short says he never had a patient
in this disease of mine & I think has not sudy'd it
much. If you would give him a hint how
to mang manage it in case of an attack upon
any capital part such as the stomach, head &c
I will be much obliged to you, as I have
heard it does not give much time in such cases for
calling proper assistance. I am sorry to give you
so much trouble. If you please to write Mr. Short – it
may contain answers to any thing I have said

I am with Respect & Esteem Sir Your obedient humble servant
Charles Addison



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Dr. William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh

✍ Mr Addison
March 1779.
9. p. 137

Diplomatic Text

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Borness 16.th March 1779
Sir


Your very obliging letter of the 8.th of February
I received, & youl please accept my sincere thanks
for the attention shewn to my complaints. I will
endeavour to follow your directions. & I doubt not
of being the better of them –––– For a fortnight
after you was here I continued to recover every day,
went out several times in a chaise & at last ventured
to walk out –– but whether from cold or what
other cause, I was about two weeks ago again
siezed wh. the gout as described by Mr Short
The pain in my right hand / Which by the bye still
disables me / was more fixed & liker a regular
gout
than it was in my former illness. –– I have
been for Eight days past free of all pain except
that mention'd by Mr Short in my right breast
– which was very uneasie upon motion, not otherway's,
but it did not at all affect my breathing, nor did
it in the least disturb my sleep which for a week
past has been as calm & refreshing as when in
health. My appetite not to be complain of, but



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when I went beyond things very simple, I was & am
distressd w.h oppression & wind –– The urine has
not for a week past been high coloured, nor has it had
so much sedement as when the gout was upon me
–– I am not now troubled w.h sweatings in the
night
, but in siting up through the day, I am often
inclined to sweat
. – Today I keept my bed &
indulged it – but whether this be right or not I
cannot say –– . Do you think I might venture upon
a ride, in a chaise. I have no pain that would
prevent me –– –––– Might I use Tansy Tea
in place of India, & have heard it prescribed for the
gout, –––– Mr. Short says he never had a patient
in this disease of mine & I think has not sudy'd it
much. If you would give him a hint how
to mang manage it in case of an attack upon
any capital part such as the stomach, head &c
I will be much obliged to you, as I have
heard it does not give much time in such cases for
calling proper assistance. I am sorry to give you
so much trouble. If you please to write Mr. Short – it
may contain answers to any thing I have said

I am w.h Respect & Esteem Sir Your obed hble servt
Charles Addison



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Dr. William Cullen
Physician
Edinbr

✍ Mr Addison
March 1779.
9. p. 137

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