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

 

[ID:165] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr John McKie (Junior) / Regarding: Mrs McKie (Patient), Mr John McKie (Junior) (Patient) / 18 July 1781 / (Outgoing)

Letter to Mr Mackie concerning his wife, who Cullen treated earlier; gives advice for Mr Mackie's own condition

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 165
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/14/51
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date18 July 1781
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter to Mr Mackie concerning his wife, who Cullen treated earlier; gives advice for Mr Mackie's own condition
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:792]
Case of John McKie [Mackie], Junior who undertakes cold bathing to treat a sore stomach and giddiness, but his abdominal troubles recur.
13
[Case ID:793]
Case of Mrs McKie, who in 1781 has had a miscarriage. Correspondence resumes in January 1785 over her cold and cough.
13


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:114]AddresseeMr John McKie (Junior)
[PERS ID:113]PatientMrs McKie
[PERS ID:114]PatientMr John McKie (Junior)
[PERS ID:114]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John McKie (Junior)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:114]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr John McKie (Junior)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Stranraer Borders Scotland Europe inferred

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Dear Sir,


As circumstances are so entirely changed
with Mrs McKie you have certainly done right in abstaining
from the medicines I formerly prescribed. At present she re¬
quires no medicine but one to remove her costiveness which
certainly ↑may↑ do her much harm. I formerly proposed her taking
cream of tartar and I wish you had told me whether she had
tried it and in what doses and how it had answered. I am
of opinion it might still answer, but if it does not I have
ordered on t'other page a medicine which I hope will. I
cannot be certain of the exact dose but a trial or two will add
{illeg}. A regular belly is enough purging not desirable.


For your self I am clear that the evacuations you men¬
tion will do you harm & must if possible be prevented. It is
very much local ailment and therefore I give on t'other page
an application to the part. Use it and let me know the
effects in a week or two after using it. Tho it is indeed a
local ailment I think all any former advices for strengthening
your



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your constitution are still necessary and especially a
strict temperance with respect to strong drink. I am
with great regard


Dear Sir
Your most obedient servant

William Cullen

Edinburgh 18th. July
1781



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For Mrs. McKie

Take one ounce of the best Castor Oil and one ounce of Tinct. senn. comp. as prescribed in the Pharmacopoeia Edinburgensis. Mix and label as Laxative Oil, a tablespoon more or less for a well before pouring out the dose and Swallowing this immediately on being poured out.

For Mr Mackie

Take two drachms of very fine Galla's powder, one drachm of Alumen rupeum powder, one and a half ounces of Linimentum cereaum and a sufficient quantity of the best Olive Oil in order to let there be made a liniment. Label as Strengthening Liniment for anointing the fundament every night and morning and also after [redereing?] the guts after a Stool.


18th. July
1781

W.C.

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir,


As circumstances are so entirely changed
with Mrs McKie you have certainly done right in abstaining
from the medicines I formerly prescribed. At present she re¬
quires no medicine but one to remove her costiveness which
certainly ↑may↑ do her much harm. I formerly proposed her taking
cream of tartar and I wish you had told me whether she had
tried it and in what doses and how it had answered. I am
of opinion it might still answer, but if it does not I have
ordered on t'other page a medicine which I hope will. I
cannot be certain of the exact dose but a trial or two will add
{illeg}. A regular belly is enough purging not desirable.


For your self I am clear that the evacuations you men¬
tion will do you harm & must if possible be prevented. It is
very much local ailment and therefore I give on t'other page
an application to the part. Use it and let me know the
effects in a week or two after using it. Tho it is indeed a
local ailment I think all any former advices for strengthening
your



[Page 2]

your constitution are still necessary and especially a
strict temperance with respect to strong drink. I am
with great regard


Dear Sir
Your most obedient servant

William Cullen

Edinr. 18th. July
1781



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For Mrs. McKie


Ol. ricin. opt. ℥iij
Tinct. senn. comp. Ph. Ed. ℥j
ℳ. Sign Laxative Oil a table Spoonfull more or less for a
dose to be taken in the morning Shaking the phial always very
well before pouring out the dose and Swallowing this immediately
on being poured out

For Mr Mackie


Gallarum pulveris tenuiss. ʒij
Alumin. rup. pulv. ʒj
Liniment cerei ℥iss
Ol. Olivar. opt. q.s. ut f. Linimentum
Sig. Strengthening Liniment for anointing the fundament
every night and morning and also after [redereing?] the guts
after a Stool.


18th. July
1781

W.C.

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