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

 

[ID:1721] From: Mr Thomas Mack / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Moodie (Moody) (Patient) / 18 August 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from Thomas Mack concerning the case of Miss Moody, written at the request of her mother Mrs Moody who runs the 'Hen and Chickens' tavern.

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DOC ID 1721
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/808
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date18 August 1779
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
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Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Thomas Mack concerning the case of Miss Moody, written at the request of her mother Mrs Moody who runs the 'Hen and Chickens' tavern.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:869]
Case of Miss Moodie who has nosebleeds, feverishness, headaches and aching limbs which Cullen diagnoses as an habitual Quinsy.
4


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:197]AuthorMr Thomas Mack
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2190]PatientMiss Moodie (Moody)
[PERS ID:197]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Thomas Mack
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2191]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Moodie (Moody)

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Place of Writing Tweedmouth North-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain

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Sir


I am desired by Mrs Moody who keeps the Tavern
called the Hen & Chickens to consult you concerning her Daughter
who was formerly your Patient----


Miss Moody is about 20 Years of Age has in general been very
healthy, her Menses regular, but in spight of very great abstemious¬
ness and a Vegetable Diet discovers a strong tendency to become
lusty, this part of her Habit I suppose she inherits from her
Mother who if you remember is exceedingly fat----


Within these Eight Months she has been three times
attack'd with an Inflammation in her Throat upon her left Tonsil
followed by Suppuration & the discharge of a very great quantity
of Matter
but this discharge has always been procured by
Incision to prevent suffocation- In order to stop the progress
of the Inflammation I have tried general & Topical Bleedings,
Blistering & other Evacuations Join'd with Astringent Gargarisms
but without the intended Effect- None of these Attacks have
been attended with much Fever, which makes me suppose it is
not the effect of any inflammatory Diathesisr prevailing in her




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Habit, but a Disease of the Spot itself, nor has her Blood which
I have taken away at different times discover'd any of the
Inflammatory Crust, but on the contrary of a very proper
Consistence - After a proper preparation I advised her to the
use of the Cold Bath this Summer & was afraid least her
last Attack might have been caused by it, but on inquiry
I found she had discontinued ↑it↑ for a Fortnight before it came
on which removed my suspicion on that Head- As the
Poor Young Lady has suffered so much & her friends are
apprehensive of its frequent Returns We would be glad
would you take her Case into Consideration & give us what
Hints you think proper to prevent a Return, or to moderate
the Inflammation when come on,
as I know she will very
gladly comply with ↑any↑ Regimen or Course of Medicine that
you will be pleased to prescribe for her----


I have the Pleasure to inform you that your Patient
Mr Ancrum is greatly recover'd, He was fond of trying the
Cold Bath, which I was some what afraid of for fear of
increasing the Rigidity of Fibre which you supposed to
have taken place in his System- However he has ventured
upon it & I think with evident advantage----


I have the Honor to be with intire Respect & Esteem
Sir
Your most Obedient Humble Servant
Thos Mack

Tweedmouth
August 18 1779



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Doctr Cullen Physician
Edinburgh


Mr Mack Concerning Miss Moodie
Aug. 18. 1779
V. X. p. 59.

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[Page 1]
Sir


I am desired by Mrs Moody who keeps the Tavern
called the Hen & Chickens to consult you concerning her Daughter
who was formerly your Patient----


Miss Moody is about 20 Years of Age has in general been very
healthy, her Menses regular, but in spight of very great abstemious¬
ness and a Vegetable Diet discovers a strong tendency to become
lusty, this part of her Habit I suppose she inherits from her
Mother who if you remember is exceedingly fat----


Within these Eight Months she has been three times
attack'd with an Inflammation in her Throat upon her left Tonsil
followed by Suppuration & the discharge of a very great quantity
of Matter
but this discharge has always been procured by
Incision to prevent suffocation- In order to stop the progress
of the Inflammation I have tried general & Topical Bleedings,
Blistering & other Evacuations Join'd with Astringent Gargarisms
but without the intended Effect- None of these Attacks have
been attended with much Fever, which makes me suppose it is
not the effect of any inflammatory Diathesisr prevailing in her




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Habit, but a Disease of the Spot itself, nor has her Blood which
I have taken away at different times discover'd any of the
Inflammatory Crust, but on the contrary of a very proper
Consistence - After a proper preparation I advised her to the
use of the Cold Bath this Summer & was afraid least her
last Attack might have been caused by it, but on inquiry
I found she had discontinued ↑it↑ for a Fortnight before it came
on which removed my suspicion on that Head- As the
Poor Young Lady has suffered so much & her friends are
apprehensive of its frequent Returns We would be glad
would you take her Case into Consideration & give us what
Hints you think proper to prevent a Return, or to moderate
the Inflammation when come on,
as I know she will very
gladly comply with ↑any↑ Regimen or Course of Medicine that
you will be pleased to prescribe for her----


I have the Pleasure to inform you that your Patient
Mr Ancrum is greatly recover'd, He was fond of trying the
Cold Bath, which I was some what afraid of for fear of
increasing the Rigidity of Fibre which you supposed to
have taken place in his System- However he has ventured
upon it & I think with evident advantage----


I have the Honor to be with intire Respect & Esteem
Sir
Your most Obt Hble Servt
Thos Mack

Tweedmouth
Augt 18 1779



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Doctr Cullen Physician
Edinburgh


Mr Mack C Miss Moodie
Aug. 18. 1779
V. X. p. 59.

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