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

 

[ID:1762] From: Mr Archibald Mitchell / To: Earl Dunbar Douglas (Hamilton) (Lord Selkirk, 4th Earl of Selkirk) / Regarding: Miss Mitchell (Patient) / 1? November 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from Archibald Mitchell in Kirkcudbright, concerning the case of his daughter and her throat ailment, which seems to have first occurred 12 years previously (c. 1767), when it was treated by Glasgow and Edinburgh physicians. Dr Gilchrist and Mr Walker have been consulted. Her condition is now described as a 'malignant putrid Quinsey', which has left her unable to swallow, so she is being fed on liquids through her nose. Addressed to 'My Lord' - probably Lord Selkirk, the major landowner in the area and an Edinburgh neighbour of Cullen – about referring her case to Cullen. Dated November 1779 in the annotation.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1762
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/849
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date1? November 1779
Annotation None
TypeScribal copy ( includes Casebook Entry)
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Archibald Mitchell in Kirkcudbright, concerning the case of his daughter and her throat ailment, which seems to have first occurred 12 years previously (c. 1767), when it was treated by Glasgow and Edinburgh physicians. Dr Gilchrist and Mr Walker have been consulted. Her condition is now described as a 'malignant putrid Quinsey', which has left her unable to swallow, so she is being fed on liquids through her nose. Addressed to 'My Lord' - probably Lord Selkirk, the major landowner in the area and an Edinburgh neighbour of Cullen – about referring her case to Cullen. Dated November 1779 in the annotation.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1148]
Case of Miss Mitchell whose health was undermined in the West Indies from where she returned two years previously; she has rheumatic pains and a long-standing throat condition which is described variously as a tumour or quinsy.
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People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:3118]AuthorMr Archibald Mitchell
[PERS ID:886]AddresseeEarl Dunbar Douglas (Lord Selkirk, 4th Earl of Selkirk)
[PERS ID:3119]PatientMiss Mitchell
[PERS ID:838]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Walker
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:115]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID:3118]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Archibald Mitchell

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Kirkcudbright Borders Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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My Lord


the malignant sore throat with which my
Da↑u↑ghter was seiz'd tho' treated in the same manner
so successfully practiz'd by the most eminent
Physicians about twelve years ago both at in
Edinburgh and Glasgow and continued for a long
time together with the use of the Bark antiseptic
Gargles &c &c has hitherto prov'd ineffectual, on which
consulting Dr. Gilchrist he wrote to Mr. Walker
whose ↑assistance↑ became very necessary, that they were both
of Opinion that a Salivation carried on as far as
Strength would allow
seem'd to be the best
Chance she had for a speedy recovery. This was
accordingly done, till she could not be perswadded
to take any more Mercury in any Shape whatso¬
ever. And now this Disease seems to me to
have chang'd its type to that of a malignant putrid
Quinsey, with a Tumor on one of the Tonsils; so
far preventing Deglutition
as to force a passage
through
the Nose, which oblig'd us to give



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her some support by nutritive Injections.


Mr Walker who has all along attended her, I design¬
ed should have wrote Dr. Cullen, but at present
is not in town. My only hope next to that of the
Almighty lies in the Breast of that worthy Physician
whom I prefer to the World

I ever am
Most Noble Lord your Lordships most
Obedient Servant
Archibald Mitchell

Miss Mitchell.
November 1779.
X. p. 114.

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My Lord


the malignant sore throat with which my
Da↑u↑ghter was seiz'd tho' treated in the same manner
so successfully practiz'd by the most eminent
Physicians about twelve years ago both at in
Edinburgh and Glasgow and continued for a long
time together with the use of the Bark antiseptic
Gargles &c &c has hitherto prov'd ineffectual, on which
consulting Dr. Gilchrist he wrote to Mr. Walker
whose ↑assistance↑ became very necessary, that they were both
of Opinion that a Salivation carried on as far as
Strength would allow
seem'd to be the best
Chance she had for a speedy recovery. This was
accordingly done, till she could not be perswadded
to take any more Mercury in any Shape whatso¬
ever. And now this Disease seems to me to
have chang'd its type to that of a malignant putrid
Quinsey, with a Tumor on one of the Tonsils; so
far preventing Deglutition
as to force a passage
through
the Nose, which oblig'd us to give



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her some support by nutritive Injections.


Mr Walker who has all along attended her, I design¬
ed should have wrote Dr. Cullen, but at present
is not in town. My only hope next to that of the
Almighty lies in the Breast of that worthy Physician
whom I prefer to the World

I ever am
Most Noble Lord your Lordships most
Obedient Servant
Archibald Mitchell

Miss Mitchell.
Novr. 1779.
X. p. 114.

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