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

 

[ID:182] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr John McFarquhar (Farquharson) / Regarding: Captain Ross (Patient), Mr Hugh Munro (Monro, of Achanie, of Achannie) (Patient) / 15 August 1781 / (Outgoing)

Letter to an unnamed physician [John McFarquhar or Fraquharson] enclosing directions for Mr Monro of Achannie who is suspected of having liver disease, and commenting on the reported case of Captain Ross who is mentally deranged (insane) and thought to be in need of restraint. The enclosure is Doc [ID:181] .

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FieldData
DOC ID 182
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/14/68
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date15 August 1781
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter to an unnamed physician [John McFarquhar or Fraquharson] enclosing directions for Mr Monro of Achannie who is suspected of having liver disease, and commenting on the reported case of Captain Ross who is mentally deranged (insane) and thought to be in need of restraint. The enclosure is Doc [ID:181] .
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1352]
Case of Captain Ross, a young soldier, who caught a venereal infection when in America - which was treated - but who after recently attending a recent review at Ford George has started to display signs of a severe mental disorder.
5
[Case ID:2076]
Case of Mr Hugh Munro of Achanie, who is suspected of having liver disease.
4


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2842]AddresseeMr John McFarquhar (Farquharson)
[PERS ID:147]PatientCaptain Ross
[PERS ID:156]PatientMr Hugh Munro (Monro, of Achanie, of Achannie)
[PERS ID:2842]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John McFarquhar (Farquharson)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3208]Other McFarquhar
[PERS ID:3209]Other Thomas McFarquhar

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Tain North Highlands Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Achany North Highlands Scotland Europe certain

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Sir


I inclose this my advice and prescriptions for Mr
Monro. I thought it proper to keep them separate from what I am to
write here in case you may have occasion to show them to some of his
friends but you will percieve they are not very fit to be shown to
himself and I hope you can easily avoid it.


I am heartily concerned for your accounts of Captain Ross,
and must own that I have a less favourable opinion of the Case than
I was willing to entertain at first, and I still hope it may turn
out to be just, as much time has not yet passed to give us despair.


I think another bleeding may be proper. If you can take it from
the temporal Artery I would prefer it, but if that operation is not
familiar to you I hope a bleeding at the Arm may answer
the purpose. I think you should certainly go on with increasing
the dose of the Soluble Tartar to make it purge a little for at
least two or three times a week. I would have the Blister on his



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head healed up immediately and as soon as the skin is again
firm enough to bear a Razor let it be again shaved and a fresh
Blister applied. If you can find that the Camphire has any
effect in composing his spirits I would have you go on in¬
creasing it as I proposed before. You have certainly done righ[t]
in applying the Waistcoat for I hardly ever saw any good done
without it. With respect to any other part of the Regimen I
have nothing to ad to my former letter. I hope you have had
good accounts of the worthy young Men your sons, and when you
write them make my Compliments. I am with great regard


Sir
your most obedient servant
William Cullen

Edinburgh August 15th.
1781.



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For Mr Monro of Achannie

Take two ounces of soluble tartar, an ounce of Glauber's salts, half an ounce of polychrest salt, six ounces of spring water, two ounces of simple cinnamon water. Dissolve and Label: Aperient Solution, a tablespoonful more or less to be taken in half a muchkin of fresh drawn Cow milk whey every morning.

Take a drachm of powdered extremity of absinthe, three drachms of Spanish soap, enough simple syrup to make a mass to be divided into individual pills of five grams each. Label: Aperient Pills five to be taken twice a day

Take a drachm each of water trefoil and camomile flowers, a pound of boiling water. Leave to set for four hours then add half an ounce of Tartar salts, and once the sediment has settled strain through paper. Label: Diuretic Infusion, a tablespoonful to be taken with two or three spoonfulls of water several times a day.

15th August 1781
W. C.

Diplomatic Text

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Sir


I inclose this my advice and prescriptions for Mr
Monro. I thought it proper to keep them separate from what I am to
write here in case you may have occasion to show them to some of his
friends but you will percieve they are not very fit to be shown to
himself and I hope you can easily avoid it.


I am heartily concerned for your accounts of Captain Ross,
and must own that I have a less favourable opinion of the Case than
I was willing to entertain at first, and I still hope it may turn
out to be just, as much time has not yet passed to give us despair.


I think another bleeding may be proper. If you can take it from
the temporal Artery I would prefer it, but if that operation is not
familiar to you I hope a bleeding at the Arm may answer
the purpose. I think you should certainly go on with increasing
the dose of the Soluble Tartar to make it purge a little for at
least two or three times a week. I would have the Blister on his



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head healed up immediately and as soon as the skin is again
firm enough to bear a Razor let it be again shaved and a fresh
Blister applied. If you can find that the Camphire has any
effect in composing his spirits I would have you go on in¬
creasing it as I proposed before. You have certainly done righ[t]
in applying the Waistcoat for I hardly ever saw any good done
without it. With respect to any other part of the Regimen I
have nothing to ad to my former letter. I hope you have had
good accounts of the worthy young Men your sons, and when you
write them make my Compliments. I am with great regard


Sir
your most obedient servant
William Cullen

Edinr Augt. 15th.
1781.



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For Mr Monro of Achannie


Tartar. solubil. ℥ij
Sal. Glauber. ℥j
-- polychrest. ℥ſs
Aq. font. ℥vi.
-- cinnam. simpl. ℥ij
Solve et Signa Aperient Solution a table spoonfull more or
less to be taken in half a muchkin of fresh drawn Cow milk whey
every morning.


Summitt. Absinth. pulv. Ʒj
Sapon. Hispan. Ʒiij
Syr. Simpl. q. s. ut f. massa dividenda in pilulas
sing. gr. v. Signa Aperient Pills five to be taken twice a day


Trifol. aquatic.
flor. chamomel. @ Ʒj
Aq. bullient. ℔j
Digere horas quatuor et adde
Sal. Tartar. ℥ſs
et cum subsedinterint foeces per chartam cola
Signa Diuretic Infusion a table spoonfull to be taken with two
three spoonfulls sever of water several times a day

15th Augst. 1781
W. C.

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