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

 

[ID:1873] From: Dr Robert Wood / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr John Donaldson (Patient), Peter McCulloch (Patient) / 30 June 1780 / (Incoming)

Letter from Robert Wood, concerning the cases of Peter McCulloch, who he has yet to examine for the stone, and John Donaldson, a gentleman farmer who was recently struck with a palsy (stroke). Wood passes on greetings from his wife as if they are on friendly terms with Cullen and his family.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1873
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/952
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date30 June 1780
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 Robert Wood, concerning the cases of Peter McCulloch, who he has yet to examine for the stone, and John Donaldson, a gentleman farmer who was recently struck with a palsy (stroke). Wood passes on greetings from his wife as if they are on friendly terms with Cullen and his family.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1248]
Case of Mr John Donaldson, a 'gentleman farmer' seized with a Palsy.
2
[Case ID:2548]
Case of Peter McCulloch, who is mentioned briefly as needing to be examined by Robert Wood, surgeon at Perth, to ascertain if he has 'the stone or not'.
1


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:101]AuthorDr Robert Wood
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:786]PatientMr John Donaldson
[PERS ID:5405]Patient Peter McCulloch
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:101]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Robert Wood
[PERS ID:5406]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Craigie (of Glendoig)
[PERS ID:743]OtherMrs Anna Cullen
[PERS ID:5407]OtherMr John Buchan
[PERS ID:5408]OtherMrs Ann Wood

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Perth 30th June 1780
Dear Sir


Peter McCulloch brought me your letter
of 26th. april two days ago, the first day I was
able to sit up after a fever, so that you may easily
believe I was not in a situation to examine whether
he had a stone or not, but he has promised to come
back a week hence.


Mr. Jno. Donaldson a gentleman farmer of this
neighbourhood, was on the 16th. of last month seiz'd
with a Palsy of of the left side, he is about fifty five
years of age, a little fat, & very short neck'd man, he
had in the forenoon been fatiguing a good deal in
the heat of the Sun, & was at dinner suddenly taken
ill, & entirely lost the power of the left side, he was at
the house of Mr. Craigie of Glendoig, & I accidentally
came in about a quarter of an hour after he




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was seiz'd. I immediately set about getting him convey'd
home, & that night I took about fourteen ounces of blood
from him, & also gave him some cooling physick, & applied
a large blister to the head, So soon as the Blister began
to discharge, he sensibly recover'd his Speech, he continued
for above a week very feverish, & at different times got
repeated doses of emetic Tartar, which both vomited &
purg'd him & gave him sensible relief. His Arm, fore¬
arm
, thigh & leg have been successively blister'd, & each
blister seem'd to recover a little more of his feeling, so
that now he can distinguish, when any part of his
arm
or leg is touch'd, he is oblig'd to take a laxative
pill
or two every night, at first he was much afflicted
with the hickup which generally went off upon his
taking a little Sugar & oil of Cinnamon. At present, he
has recover'd his speech, & is as distinct & acute about busi¬
ness as usual, & goes out in a Chaise every day. I




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was proposing to begin a second round of Blisters, but
shall delay them, till I have your opinion. This comes
inclos'd to Mr. Jn's Buchan, who has orders to do the
needful. Mrs. Wood begs leave to join me in best
Compliments to you, Mrs. Cullen & family & I am
with much truth


Dear Sir
Your most obedient &
most Humble Servant

Rob: Wood



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Dr. Willm. Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


Doctor Wood
Mr Donaldson
June - 1780
V. XX. p. 36

Diplomatic Text

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Perth 30th June 1780
Dear Sir


Peter McCulloch brought me your letter
of 26th. april two days ago, the first day I was
able to sit up after a fever, so that you may easily
believe I was not in a situation to examine whether
he had a stone or not, but he has promised to come
back a week hence.


Mr. Jno. Donaldson a gentleman farmer of this
neighbourhood, was on the 16th. of last month seiz'd
with a Palsy of of the left side, he is about fifty five
years of age, a little fat, & very short neck'd man, he
had in the forenoon been fatiguing a good deal in
the heat of the Sun, & was at dinner suddenly taken
ill, & entirely lost the power of the left side, he was at
the house of Mr. Craigie of Glendoig, & I accidentally
came in about a quarter of an hour after he




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was seiz'd. I immediately set about getting him convey'd
home, & that night I took about fourteen ounces of blood
from him, & also gave him some cooling physick, & applied
a large blister to the head, So soon as the Blister began
to discharge, he sensibly recover'd his Speech, he continued
for above a week very feverish, & at different times got
repeated doses of emetic Tartar, which both vomited &
purg'd him & gave him sensible relief. His Arm, fore¬
arm
, thigh & leg have been successively blister'd, & each
blister seem'd to recover a little more of his feeling, so
that now he can distinguish, when any part of his
arm
or leg is touch'd, he is oblig'd to take a laxative
pill
or two every night, at first he was much afflicted
with the hickup which generally went off upon his
taking a little Sugar & oil of Cinnamon. At present, he
has recover'd his speech, & is as distinct & acute about busi¬
ness as usual, & goes out in a Chaise every day. I




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was proposing to begin a second round of Blisters, but
shall delay them, till I have your opinion. This comes
inclos'd to Mr. Jn's Buchan, who has orders to do the
needful. Mrs. Wood begs leave to join me in best
Compliments to you, Mrs. Cullen & family & I am
with much truth


Dear Sir
Your mot. obedt. &
most Humble Servant

Rob: Wood



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Dr. Willm. Cullen
Physician
Edinbr.


Doctor Wood
Mr Donaldson
June - 1780
V. XX. p. 36

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