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

 

[ID:1712] From: Alexander Brown / To: Mr Joseph Norris / Regarding: Mr Norris (Patient) / 29 July 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from Alexander Brown to Joseph Norris, concerning the case of Norris's father. Unclear surname of a doctor used twice but second appearance suggests 'Mccatt'. Given lack of clarity no no person has been created.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1712
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/799
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date29 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 Alexander Brown to Joseph Norris, concerning the case of Norris's father. Unclear surname of a doctor used twice but second appearance suggests 'Mccatt'. Given lack of clarity no no person has been created.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1130]
Case of the father of Joseph Norris who is in low sprits and has lost his appetite.
3


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:2767]Author Alexander Brown
[PERS ID:2765]AddresseeMr Joseph Norris
[PERS ID:200]PatientMr Norris
[PERS ID:2767]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary Alexander Brown
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1407]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Robert Clapperton
[PERS ID:2766]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Norris
[PERS ID:2768]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Sharp
[PERS ID:2765]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Joseph Norris

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Hallguards House Hoddom Borders Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


I was here yesterday when Dr [Mccatt?] called to see
your father and present at the most particular exami¬
nation which the Doctor made of his Case, that I remem¬
ber to have heard, he prescribed nothing new, only
gave him a small glass of strong spirits to rub up
the pit of his stomach where his principall pain
lies. He approved of the bitters Dr Clapperton had
ordered, and he begins with them to morrow morning
he seems to be of opinion that there is either a Stone
or some other impediment about his Kidney which
was the Cause if his first Complaints. I think your
Father in better spirits this Day than yesterday
but he says he does not find himself easier. though
very weak he is able to walk out in a good Day
he inclines often to sleep but never sleeps many
minutes together either in the night or Day
and
I impute his inclination to sleep partly to that
and partly to his not being able to take exercise
as formerly. There is a Circumstance, which probab¬
ly Dr Clapperton would notice in his Letter to you
which may be proper to be mentioned to the Dr
you consult, that your Father had something of
a Scorbutic habit in his Constitution, that his
skin has nothing of that sort appearing upon it
now, and I imagine that any thing which would
cause an erruption of that kind, if safe otherwise
might be proper for him in his present state


Doctor Clapperton was to write you a full State
of your fathers Case from the Beginning Sunday
last, I hope he has not neglected it, and that it is
come to hand before this time. I have seen your Let¬
ter of the 26th to your father, and as you appear
so anxious to hear {illeg} him frequently I will
Charge myself with {illeg}ice, till your Brother or you



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come home which I hope will be very soon as I am
told Mr Sharp was to write you desiring it. Your Father
desires me to tell you that he will observe your order
about the Money. I will expect your answer about
Knockhills affair 1 , and wish if possible you may put
him upon some good plan. I have only to add that
Dr [Mccatt?] seems to dread that your fathers Complaints
may bring on or terminate in something hydroptic
though he has hitherto had no outward swelling
nor the least tendency that way, and no drought
for he has just as little inclination for Drink as
for food which is next to none at all
. with Compliments
to your Brother I am


Dear
Your most humble Servant
Alexander Brown

Hallguards
July 29th 1774


Mr Joseph Norris
Edinburgh


Mr Norris
July 29. 1779
V.X.p.53

Notes:

1: Obscure. It is unclear if this refers to a place or a person (or both, since rural landowners were often named after the property they owned) There is a Knockhill in Fife.

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[Page 1]
Dr Sir


I was here yesterday when Dr [Mccatt?] called to see
your father and present at the most particular exami¬
nation which the Doctor made of his Case, that I remem¬
ber to have heard, he prescribed nothing new, only
gave him a small glass of strong spirits to rub up
the pit of his stomach where his principall pain
lies. He approved of the bitters Dr Clapperton had
ordered, and he begins with them to morrow morning
he seems to be of opinion that there is either a Stone
or some other impediment about his Kidney which
was the Cause if his first Complaints. I think your
Father in better spirits this Day than yesterday
but he says he does not find himself easier. though
very weak he is able to walk out in a good Day
he inclines often to sleep but never sleeps many
minutes together either in the night or Day
and
I impute his inclination to sleep partly to that
and partly to his not being able to take exercise
as formerly. There is a Circumstance, which probab¬
ly Dr Clapperton would notice in his Letter to you
which may be proper to be mentioned to the Dr
you consult, that your Father had something of
a Scorbutic habit in his Constitution, that his
skin has nothing of that sort appearing upon it
now, and I imagine that any thing which would
cause an erruption of that kind, if safe otherwise
might be proper for him in his present state


Doctor Clapperton was to write you a full State
of your fathers Case from the Beginning Sunday
last, I hope he has not neglected it, and that it is
come to hand before this time. I have seen your Let¬
ter of the 26th to your father, and as you appear
so anxious to hear {illeg} him frequently I will
Charge myself with {illeg}ice, till your Brother or you



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come home which I hope will be very soon as I am
told Mr Sharp was to write you desiring it. Your Father
desires me to tell you that he will observe your order
about the Money. I will expect your answer about
Knockhills affair 1 , and wish if possible you may put
him upon some good plan. I have only to add that
Dr [Mccatt?] seems to dread that your fathers Complaints
may bring on or terminate in something hydroptic
though he has hitherto had no outward swelling
nor the least tendency that way, and no drought
for he has just as little inclination for Drink as
for food which is next to none at all
. with Complts
to your Brother I am


Dr
Your most hue Servt
Alexr Brown

Hallguards
July 29th 1774


Mr Joseph Norris
Edr


Mr Norris
July 29. 1779
V.X.p.53

Notes:

1: Obscure. It is unclear if this refers to a place or a person (or both, since rural landowners were often named after the property they owned) There is a Knockhill in Fife.

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