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

 

[ID:1916] From: Mr John Walker / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Thomson (of Kirkcudbright) (Patient) / 21 September 1780 / (Incoming)

Letter from John Walker, concerning the case of Mr Thomson, who is thinking of wintering abroad, possibly in Madeira. He is still thin and has a pain in his side. On a recent trip to Dublin, via Liverpool, he has developed an abcess on his side, which Dr Cleghorn and Dr Walker have treated.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1916
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/996
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date21 September 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 John Walker, concerning the case of Mr Thomson, who is thinking of wintering abroad, possibly in Madeira. He is still thin and has a pain in his side. On a recent trip to Dublin, via Liverpool, he has developed an abcess on his side, which Dr Cleghorn and Dr Walker have treated.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1232]
Case of Mr Thomson (under care of John Walker) who suffers a severe hectic fever with diarrhoea.
8


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:838]AuthorMr John Walker
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:837]PatientMr Thomson (of Kirkcudbright)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:838]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Walker
[PERS ID:1626]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr George Cleghorn

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Kirkcudbright Borders Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Therapeutic Recommendation Madeira Spain Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Dublin Mid Ireland Ireland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Liverpool North-West England Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Gatehouse of Fleet Borders Scotland Europe inferred

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Sir


As Mr Thomson has thoughts of going
abroad soon for the Winter, either to Madeira or
wherever, as you may think proper, he begs
you will therefore permit him with what di¬
rections you find necessary.


On my return here soon after I had the plea¬
sure of seeing you, I found his hectic much
diminished, but still he kept thin, weak and
complained often of his side, and as he was able
to go about I thought he might be the better
to go on a trip to sea. He accordingly took an
opportunity of going to Liverpool and from
thence to Dublin, where he was but a few days
till he was attacked with an encrease of the



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pain of his side, attended with swelling and ex¬
ternal Inflammation
. The tumour was of an
oblong figure
running from the spine of the Ilium
towards the groin.


The appearance of this swelling frightened him
[as?] much and led him to consult Dr Cleghorn who
was of opinion that it had some connection with
the liver and advised him to get home as soon as
he could least he should be laid up there, to
live fuller than he had done for some time past
and drink a glass or two or wine after dinner.


After poulticing for some time, I opened it
and discharged but a very moderate quantity
of matter
not more than what its external ap¬
pearance bespoke it to contain, which was not very
large. The discharge still continues and the Pus
is tolerably well concocted
. His appetite is at pre¬
sent



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very good and he sleeps very well, only at time[s]
he is much pained in his side in the seat of his
former pain which is higher and more back¬
wards than the seat of the present abscess.


Nothing further occurs to me at present but what
will always occur to me that I am with the
highest respect

Sir
your most Obedient S[Servant]
John Walker
Kirkcudbright 21 September ––80



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh ––


Mr J. Walker Concerning
Mr Thomson ––
September 1780.
V. XI. p. 75.
№ 4. ––

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Sir


As Mr Thomson has thoughts of going
abroad soon for the Winter, either to Madeira or
wherever, as you may think proper, he begs
you will therefore permit him with what di¬
rections you find necessary.


On my return here soon after I had the plea¬
sure of seeing you, I found his hectic much
diminished, but still he kept thin, weak and
complained often of his side, and as he was able
to go about I thought he might be the better
to go on a trip to sea. He accordingly took an
opportunity of going to Liverpool and from
thence to Dublin, where he was but a few days
till he was attacked with an encrease of the



[Page 2]

pain of his side, attended with swelling and ex¬
ternal Inflammation
. The tumour was of an
oblong figure
running from the spine of the Ilium
towards the groin.


The appearance of this swelling frightened him
[as?] much and led him to consult Dr Cleghorn who
was of opinion that it had some connection with
the liver and advised him to get home as soon as
he could least he should be laid up there, to
live fuller than he had done for some time past
and drink a glass or two or wine after dinner.


After poulticing for some time, I opened it
and discharged but a very moderate quantity
of matter
not more than what its external ap¬
pearance bespoke it to contain, wc was not very
large. The discharge still continues and the Pus
is tolerably well concocted
. His appetite is at pre¬
sent



[Page 3]

very good and he sleeps very well, only at time[s]
he is much pained in his side in the seat of his
former pain which is higher and more back¬
wards than the seat of the present abscess.


Nothing further occurs to me at present but what
will always occur to me that I am with the
highest respect

Sir
your most Obedient S[Servt.]
John Walker
Kir[kcu]dbt 21 Sepr. ––80



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Doctor Cullen
Edinr ––


Mr J. Walker C
Mr Thomson ––
Septr. 1780.
V. XI. p. 75.
№ 4. ––

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