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

 

[ID:1699] From: Mr William Cokayne (Cocayne) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs Cokayne (Patient), Miss Orde (Patient) / 7 July 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Cokayne concerning the case of his wife.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1699
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/786
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date7 July 1779
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 William Cokayne concerning the case 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:973]
Case of Mrs Cockayne [Cocayne] who consults Cullen over several years regarding a painful abdominal condition.
17
[Case ID:1119]
Case of Miss Orde of Weetwood who has a rheumatic knee.
4


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:2833]AuthorMr William Cokayne (Cocayne)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2834]PatientMrs Cokayne
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2837]Other Physician / SurgeonMr William Turnbull
[PERS ID:2833]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr William Cokayne (Cocayne)
[PERS ID:803]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr John Ord (Orde, of Weetwood)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Wooler North-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other London London and South-East England Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Belford North-East England Europe certain

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Wooler --- Northumberland July 7 - 1779

Sir


I have not the honour to be personally known
by you -- but if you recollect a Miss Orde's being in Edinburgh
this last Spring to Consult you concerning the Hooping Cough --
Mr Orde perhaps may have acquainted you I attended his family
as a Surgeon & Apothecary -- having succeeded Mr Turnbull in
this Town --- I have heard Dr Cullen spoken of in London
and here in the North with great respect --- these reasons
induce me to Apply for advice in the following Case concerning
my Wife ----- If Dr C will consider it and Endeavor to
relieve her by his Prescription --- he will confer a favor
where I trust he will not meet with Ingratitude? ---


Mrs Cokayne is A Young Woman Naturally of a Healthy --- but
delicate Constitution about 24 Years Old --- for some years after
the Menstrual discharge which was at 15 she Enjoyed at all
times the most perfect Health --- about 3 Years ago -- she began
to feel Uneasiness like a Weight in the lower part of the Belly
at Each Period -- (on the first day) which Continued for an Hour
or so --- Ever since that time she has gradually been getting worse
and at present labours under most severe Pains at that time



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She is very regular with respect to Time --- but when the Menses
begin to flow she is then Racked with an almost Continual
Pain in the lower part of the Uterus -- which communicates to
the Stomach and Back. this Pain now continues for the whole
first day and sometimes part of the second --- and if she meets
with any little Vexations at the times, longer & worse -- so
bad sometimes as to occasion Fainting -- the discharge of a bad
Colour and thin with some small fibrous Lumps -- after the
second day she is Easy as to Pain -- but a thin draining lasts
for 5 or 6 days --- generally a total stoppage of any discharge
comes on the 3d day --- and then returns in two or three days
afterwards -- but that return is never attended with Pains
When in Pain she is particularly Heavy on the Eyes & inclinable
to Sleep --- a day or two before Each period a very frequent desire
to make water
--- these Complaints have brought on a slight
discharge
-- (Fluor Albus) at all other times very healthy but weak


We have given her the Asoe foetid with a small proportion of Opium
the Bark -- and an Electuary with Gum Olibanum --- We have
abated the Weakness --- but could I never Relieve the Pain
I have one thing more to observe for many Years past she has been
Subject to a Pain in the Stomach at any time when Vexed
and when Empty -- a Knawing Pain in the Stomach which



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goes off upon Eating the least Quantity of any thing --- No other ways
she is not the least Inclinable to Hystericks --------


Now Sir if you think it is in Your Power to relieve her I beg you
will favor me with an Answer by Your first Convenience
but if you think she should see You -- I shall take the Earliest
opportunity of Coming to Edinburgh to wait upon You for that purpose
In the mean time I am with all Respect


Your humble Servant

Wm Cokayne


PS she has been Married a Year & a half --- but about 8 Months ago
she supposed herself with Child having been free from any discharge or
Pain for 8 or 10 Weeks --- when Riding out one day on Horseback
A Violent Spring of the horse brought on a Miscarriage -- since
which time no Alteration has happened -




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Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Cokayne Concerning
Mrs Cokayne. --
July 7th. 1779.
V.X. p.44. --

Diplomatic Text

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Wooler --- Northumbd July 7 - 1779

Sir


I have not the honour to be personally known
by you -- but if you recollect a Miss Orde's being in Edinbr
this last Spring to Consult you concerning the Hooping Cough --
Mr Orde perhaps may have acquainted you I attended his family
as a Surgeon & Apothecary -- having succeeded Mr Turnbull in
this Town --- I have heard Dr Cullen spoken of in London
and here in the North with great respect --- these reasons
induce me to Apply for advice in the following Case concerning
my Wife ----- If Dr C will consider it and Endeavor to
relieve her by his Prescription --- he will confer a favor
where I trust he will not meet with Ingratitude? ---


Mrs Cokayne is A Young Woman Naturally of a Healthy --- but
delicate Constitution about 24 Years Old --- for some years after
the Menstrual discharge which was at 15 she Enjoyd at all
times the most perfect Health --- about 3 Years ago -- she began
to feel Uneasiness like a Weight in the lower part of the Belly
at Each Period -- (on the first day) which Continued for an Hour
or so --- Ever since that time she has gradually been getting worse
and at present labours under most severe Pains at that time



[Page 2]

She is very regular with respect to Time --- but when the Menses
begin to flow she is then Rackd with an almost Continual
Pain in the lower part of the Uterus -- which communicates to
the Stomach and Back. this Pain now continues for the whole
first day and sometimes part of the second --- and if she meets
with any little Vexations at the times, longer & worse -- so
bad sometimes as to occasion Fainting -- the discharge of a bad
Colour and thin with some small fibrous Lumps -- after the
second day she is Easy as to Pain -- but a thin draining lasts
for 5 or 6 days --- generally a total stoppage of any discharge
comes on the 3d day --- and then returns in two or three days
afterwards -- but that return is never attended with Pains
When in Pain she is particularly Heavy on the Eyes & inclinable
to Sleep --- a day or two before Each period a very frequent desire
to make water
--- these Complaints have brought on a slight
discharge
-- (Fluor Albus) at all other times very healthy but weak


We have given her the Asoe foetid with a small proportion of Opium
the Bark -- and an Electuary with Gum Olibanum --- We have
abated the Weakness --- but could I never Relieve the Pain
I have one thing more to observe for many Years past she has been
Subject to a Pain in the Stomach at any time when Vexd
and when Empty -- a Knawing Pain in the Stomach which



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goes off upon Eating the least Quantity of any thing --- No other ways
she is not the least Inclinable to Hystericks --------


Now Sir if you think it is in Your Power to relieve her I beg you
will favor me with an Answer by Your first Convenience
but if you think she should see You -- I shall take the Earliest
opportunity of Coming to Edinburgh to wait upon You for that purpose
In the mean time I am with all Respect


Your humbe Servt

Wm Cokayne


PS she has been Married a Year & a half --- but about 8 Months ago
she supposd herself with Child having been free from any discharge or
Pain for 8 or 10 Weeks --- when Riding out one day on Horseback
A Violent Spring of the horse brought on a Miscarriage -- since
which time no Alteration has happend -




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Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Cokayne C
Mrs Cokayne. --
July 7th. 1779.
V.X. p.44. --

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