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

 

[ID:1715] From: Dr Colin Robertsone (Robertson) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Gillies (Patient) / 1 August 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from C. Robertsone in Perth, concerning the case of Mr Gillies.

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DOC ID 1715
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/802
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date1 August 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 C. Robertsone in Perth, concerning the case of Mr Gillies.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1204]
Case of Mr Gillies who has had a throat infection and is still being treated for an abcess.
3


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[PERS ID:2177]AuthorDr Colin Robertsone (Robertson)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2894]PatientMr Gillies
[PERS ID:2426]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Henry William Tytler
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2177]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Colin Robertsone (Robertson)

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Place of Writing Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Sir,


Mr Gillies has observed the regimen and taken
the medicines you advised;- the bark to the
quantity of [from one drachm to one scruple per?] day in 8 doses; the Mercu¬
rial
also as directed; the antimonial he has
taken too, though not so regularly; he has
a great aversion to it, finding it makes
him sick even in the small dose prescribed.
The abscess is at present of the same size, in
point of extent, as when Mr Tytler consul¬
ted you, that is, it reaches from 2½ inches
from the superior attachment of the muscul.
cucullar. down to the lowest part of it.
On Thursday last it was opened at the lowest
part & has discharged pretty well since, so
that the tumor has subsided considerably
& the greatest part of the matter now comes
from the opening I made:- from the ap¬
pearance of the upper sore, where the tumor
broke of itself, we judge there will be a
great discharge of membranous sloughs

some have already been cut away from




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the inferior opening - the pus seems to be
pretty good
- we think the cavity reaches
below the muscles.


For 2 or 3 days we thought the throat, palate
& tongue
looked much better - some sloughs
came off
, & his deglutition became much
easier than it had been for several days
before; but yesterday & this day we observe
the same branny-like scurf overspreading
the parts above-named.


His pulse all along has been from 86 ----
- - - to 98. Mostly at 86.


His thirst, though considerable, is not near so
great as before.
Belly natural -


The eruption upon the skin, exceedingly like
to variolous pustules, filled with good
matter, has ceased;
we have had no fresh
pustules for these 3 days. I am,


Dear Sir, with great respect
Your Most Obedient Humble Servant
C. Robertsone

Perth 1 Aug.
1779



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Dr Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


Mr. C. Robertson
Concerning Mr Gillies
Aug. 1. 1779
V. X. p. 55.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Sir,


Mr Gillies has observed the regimen and taken
the medicines you advised;- the bark to the
quantity of [ʒ v ℈j P?] day in 8 doses; the Mercu¬
rial
also as directed; the antimonial he has
taken too, though not so regularly; he has
a great aversion to it, finding it makes
him sick even in the small dose prescribed.
The abscess is at present of the same size, in
point of extent, as when Mr Tytler consul¬
ted you, that is, it reaches from 2½ inches
from the superior attachment of the muscul.
cucullar. down to the lowest part of it.
On Thursday last it was opened at the lowest
part & has discharged pretty well since, so
that the tumor has subsided considerably
& the greatest part of the matter now comes
from the opening I made:- from the ap¬
pearance of the upper sore, where the tumor
broke of itself, we judge there will be a
great discharge of membranous sloughs

some have already been cut away from




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the inferior opening - the pus seems to be
pretty good
- we think the cavity reaches
below the muscles.


For 2 or 3 days we thought the throat, palate
& tongue
looked much better - some sloughs
came off
, & his deglutition became much
easier than it had been for several days
before; but yesterday & this day we observe
the same branny-like scurf overspreading
the parts above-named.


His pulse all along has been from 86 ----
- - - to 98. Mostly at 86.


His thirst, though considerable, is not near so
great as before.
Belly natural -


The eruption upon the skin, exceedingly like
to variolous pustules, filled with good
matter, has ceased;
we have had no fresh
pustules for these 3 days. I am,


Dear Sir, with great respect
Yr Most Obt. Hble Serv.
C. Robertsone

Perth 1 Aug.
1779



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Dr Cullen
Physician
Edinbg.


Mr. C. Robertson
C. Mr Gillies
Aug. 1. 1779
V. X. p. 55.

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