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

 

[ID:1758] From: Mr John Short / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr John Pearson (Patient) / 21 November 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from John Short concerning the case of Mr Pearson who has made his condition worse by spending time in his 'accompting room', which is in a cold cellar.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1758
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/845
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date21 November 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 John Short concerning the case of Mr Pearson who has made his condition worse by spending time in his 'accompting room', which is in a cold cellar.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:362]
Case of Mr Pearson who has a lot of long-term symptoms, including 'low spirits' and 'suppressed urine'.
7


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:671]AuthorMr John Short
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:672]PatientMr John Pearson
[PERS ID:671]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Short
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Bo'ness (Borness / Borrowstouneness) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Bo'ness (Borness / Borrowstouneness) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Borness 21 November 1779
Sir


At the earnest request of our patient
Mr Pearson, I am to inform you that the pain in
his Side, Small of the Back, thigh &c. has for these three
or four days past been more Severe than he ever felt
it
, and that Join'd with flying Severe pains in the back
part of his head, Shoulders, & Arms
and as he expresses it
as if his whole body was broke & Squeez'd together. He has
for these five days taken the Lixivium regularly, and on the
Whole I think voids his Urine with less obstruction & more
copious, for two days past he has Also complain'd of Attacks
in both haunches which Stricks into the Groins & to the
end of his Penis
, this day his Urine deposits a kind of Gleary
Mucous & Always Join'd with Small Red Sand, he is at present
so uneasy as not to be Able to turn himself in bed without
Assistance. Notwithstanding All these violent Attacks he has
at times lucid intervals. I have made him wear flannel
Stockings constantly which he finds the extremities more
comfortable
& Sometimes has a gentle perspiration over
his whole body
- I don't know but these may be /besides
the cold frosty weather/ a cause Assigned for his present
Severity of complaints, last Wednesday his business call'd




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him down Stairs to his Accompting Room which is in
the Middle or Rather end of a large cellar, not Seperated
by a close partition where he Remained a considerable
time & at that time the Weather was intensely cold, that
Same evening or Morning following he began to-
complain /and has continued/ of his Recent complaints
he has Often importun'd me for Anodynes to give him
but as Often has refus'd them, Advising him to be patientfull
and in the ends hops it will terminate favourable for him
He has All Along been cool & free from febrile symptoms
Your Answer in Course will really Oblige


Sir
Your most Obedient Humble Servant

John Short

Dr. Cullen




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Dr. William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


Short
Query
Mr Pearson
November 1779.
X. p. 121.

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Borness 21 Novr. 1779
Sir


At the earnest request of our patient
Mr Pearson, I am to inform you that the pain in
his Side, Small of the Back, thigh &c. has for these three
or four days past been more Severe than he ever felt
it
, and that Join'd with flying Severe pains in the back
part of his head, Shoulders, & Arms
and as he expresses it
as if his whole body was broke & Squeez'd together. He has
for these five days taken the Lixivium regularly, and on the
Whole I think voids his Urine with less obstruction & more
copious, for two days past he has Also complain'd of Attacks
in both haunches which Stricks into the Groins & to the
end of his Penis
, this day his Urine deposits a kind of Gleary
Mucous & Always Join'd with Small Red Sand, he is at present
so uneasy as not to be Able to turn himself in bed without
Assistance. Notwithstanding All these violent Attacks he has
at times lucid intervals. I have made him wear flannel
Stockings constantly which he finds the extremities more
comfortable
& Sometimes has a gentle perspiration over
his whole body
- I don't know but these may be /besides
the cold frosty weather/ a cause Assigned for his present
Severity of complaints, last Wednesday his business call'd




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him down Stairs to his Accompting Room which is in
the Middle or Rather end of a large cellar, not Seperated
by a close partition where he Remained a considerable
time & at that time the Weather was intensely cold, that
Same evening or Morning following he began to-
complain /and has continued/ of his Recent complaints
he has Often importun'd me for Anodynes to give him
but as Often has refus'd them, Advising him to be patientfull
and in the ends hops it will terminate favourable for him
He has All Along been cool & free from febrile symptoms
Your Answer in Course will really Oblige


Sir
Your most Obt Humble Sevt.

John Short

Dr. Cullen




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Dr. William Cullen
Physician
Edinbr.


Short
Q
Mr Pearson
Novr. 1779.
X. p. 121.

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