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

 

[ID:1761] From: Mr William Farquharson / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Amelia Farquharson (of Invercauld) (Patient) / 29 November 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Farquharson concerning the case of Miss Farquharson, who is setting out from Marlee (her family home in Perthshire) later in the week for Edinburgh, where she will see Cullen. She is evidently consumptive, with purulent spitting and bloodspitting. The Woods of Edinburgh and Perth are both involved in her case.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1761
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/848
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date29 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 William Farquharson concerning the case of Miss Farquharson, who is setting out from Marlee (her family home in Perthshire) later in the week for Edinburgh, where she will see Cullen. She is evidently consumptive, with purulent spitting and bloodspitting. The Woods of Edinburgh and Perth are both involved in her case.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1117]
Case of Miss [Amelia] Farquharson of Invercauld who travels to Edinburgh to see Cullen but whose dangerously advanced consumption soon proves fatal.
4


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:663]AuthorMr William Farquharson
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:874]PatientMiss Amelia Farquharson (of Invercauld)
[PERS ID:101]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Robert Wood
[PERS ID:588]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Alexander Wood
[PERS ID:663]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Farquharson
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Dunkeld Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Therapeutic Recommendation Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Marlee House Kinloch Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Dunkeld Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Dunkeld November 29th. 1779
Sir


I received your's last night by ex¬
press 1 and am sorry to see that you could not come
to see Miss Farquharson –– I heartily wish
I may be mistaken with regard to the purulent
appearance
of the spitting – but I'm afraid
the concomitant circumstances (↑symptoms↑) render it but too
probable; and I think it past a doubt that the
disease is consumptive
, and made a very rapid pro¬
gress –– As Miss Farquharson's friends think it
proper that she should leave this country – She
sets out from Marlee about the end of the week &
you may expect to see her in Edinburgh about the
middle of next week – As she bears travelling
better than she did, I cannot think there is any
risque of carrying her to Edinburgh as they propose
travelling only one stage a day –– besides Mr Wood
from Edinburgh and Dr. Wood from Perth were
both of opinion that moving South was highly
proper – I am well aware that in diseases of the
lungs
land journeys are not so proper – but this



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was the only method of conveying her to Edinburgh ––
when they are once there I fancy they will be directed
in their future operations by your better judgement –


Had I imagined you would have been
obliged to give an opinion upon the case, I would
have been much more particular; my former letter was
only meant to give you a general idea of our patients
case. My giving you so slight information on that
head has led you into believe that the spitting of
blood
was a leading symptom; but I look upon
it only as accompanying the ulcer in the lungs;
I am more especially led to conclude this from their
being no more pure blood coughed up since I
wrote you, and very little before. Their are
many other particulars of the case which it would
be necessary for you to know, but which I think its
needless to trouble you with at present, as I intend
to draw up Miss Farquharson's case, in as par¬
ticular a manner as I am able and send you
when she goes to Edinburgh herself ––––


I employed Demulcents, of various kinds, very ear¬
ly in the disease, and they are still continued,
but I found little benefit from any of them but
Gum Arabic, or when this made the principal
part of the composition ––––




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I likewise employed a paregoric, with the view
you mention, she finds some little benefit from
it's use, and therefore still continues it. ––––


I had the issue formerly on the back, but
Mr. Wood from Edinburgh thinking it would be more
efficacious on the side, I changed it ––


If there are any particulars you would wish
I should mention in the case, either about the
beginning or progress of the disease, be so good
as drop me a line by the post directed to this
place, and I shall pay particular attention ––


If there is any return of the Spitting of
blood
your mixture shall be inst[antly ad¬]
ministred ––––


I shall be extremely happy to find
that upon seeing Miss Farquharson, you
think my fears have magnified her com¬
plaints, and that she shall soon get
the better of them ––––

With esteem
I am Sir
Your most Obedient
Servant
Wm Farquharson



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Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Miss Farquharson
December 1779.

Notes:

1: Delivery by a fast coach.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Dunkeld Novr. 29th. 1779
Sir


I received your's last night by ex¬
press 1 and am sorry to see that you could not come
to see Miss Farquharson –– I heartily wish
I may be mistaken with regard to the purulent
appearance
of the spitting – but I'm afraid
the concomitant circumstances (↑symptoms↑) render it but too
probable; and I think it past a doubt that the
disease is consumptive
, and made a very rapid pro¬
gress –– As Miss Farquharson's friends think it
proper that she should leave this country – She
sets out from Marlee about the end of the week &
you may expect to see her in Edinburgh about the
middle of next week – As she bears travelling
better than she did, I cannot think there is any
risque of carrying her to Edinr. as they propose
travelling only one stage a day –– besides Mr Wood
from Edinburgh and Dr. Wood from Perth were
both of opinion that moving South was highly
proper – I am well aware that in diseases of the
lungs
land journeys are not so proper – but this



[Page 2]

was the only method of conveying her to Edinburgh ––
when they are once there I fancy they will be directed
in their future operations by your better judgement –


Had I imagined you would have been
obliged to give an opinion upon the case, I would
have been much more particular; my former letter was
only meant to give you a general idea of our patients
case. My giving you so slight information on that
head has led you into believe that the spitting of
blood
was a leading symptom; but I look upon
it only as accompanying the ulcer in the lungs;
I am more especially led to conclude this from their
being no more pure blood coughed up since I
wrote you, and very little before. Their are
many other particulars of the case which it would
be necessary for you to know, but which I think its
needless to trouble you with at present, as I intend
to draw up Miss Farquharson's case, in as par¬
ticular a manner as I am able and send you
when she goes to Edinr. herself ––––


I employed Demulcents, of various kinds, very ear¬
ly in the disease, and they are still continued,
but I found little benefit from any of them but
Gum Arabic, or when this made the principal
part of the composition ––––




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I likewise employed a paregoric, with the view
you mention, she finds some little benefit from
it's use, and therefore still continues it. ––––


I had the issue formerly on the back, but
Mr. Wood from Edr. thinking it would be more
efficacious on the side, I changed it ––


If there are any particulars you would wish
I should mention in the case, either about the
beginning or progress of the disease, be so good
as drop me a line by the post directed to this
place, and I shall pay particular attention ––


If there is any return of the Spitting of
blood
your mixture shall be inst[antly ad¬]
ministred ––––


I shall be extremely happy to find
that upon seeing Miss Farquharson, you
think my fears have magnified her com¬
plaints, and that she shall soon get
the better of them ––––

With esteem
I am Sir
Your most Obedient
Servant
Wm Farquharson



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Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Miss Farquharson
Decr. 1779.

Notes:

1: Delivery by a fast coach.

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