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

 

[ID:1988] From: Reverend John Mudie (of Portmoak) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Mudie (Patient) / 13 March 1781 / (Incoming)

Letter from John Mudie at Portmoak Manse, concerning one of his daughters, who suffers from spasms that contract her body, and a cough. He mentions his sons, one of whom has been a student of Cullen, and another of whom is currently attending Edinburgh University.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1988
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1066
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date13 March 1781
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 Mudie at Portmoak Manse, concerning one of his daughters, who suffers from spasms that contract her body, and a cough. He mentions his sons, one of whom has been a student of Cullen, and another of whom is currently attending Edinburgh University.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1361]
Case of Rev John Mudie's daughter, who has a bad cough and related symptoms including sleeplessness and spasmodic contractions.
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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:4637]AuthorReverend John Mudie (of Portmoak)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5518]PatientMiss Mudie
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:4637]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendReverend John Mudie (of Portmoak)
[PERS ID:5519]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr James Mudie
[PERS ID:3070]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr John Mudie

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Place of Writing Portmoak Manse Scotlandwell East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred

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Portmoak Manse March 13th
1781.
Sir


The former experience of your
humanity & Generosity to me maks me use the freedom
to trouble you with the Accounts of my Daughters Illness
which I formerly communicated to my Son to lay before you
to me it appears a pretty extraordinary case but to you it may
appear Obvious, she was at first, after a Valitudinary State for
some weeks, taken with a Hooping like the ChinCough which
seemd to be in our Apprehension a Spasm upon her Lungs, &
after several days She was greatly contracted, her hands & feet
especialy, And for the most part her whole Body was in a
cramped State
Bending backwards & forewards inso much that
she is with difficulty keept from hurting herself, twixt the Paroxysms
she is easy & rather higher spirited than usual. The Spasm or
Hooping has left her Since these Contractions & Convulsive Motions
began –– We have put her upon the use of the Bark & give her an
airing in a Chaise, which has a little restored her appetite but
the Fitts continue exceedingly frequent, her Nerves seem to be so
Irritable that the Smallest unexpected Noise produces a Fitt ––––
She has got some calomel, but no Worms has appeard –– Her Belly is
Costive for which she gets now & then two Tea Spoonful of Tinctura
Sacra
–– She has also got some Oil Injections – She has the greatest
desire Imaginable for Acids & will Gnash her teeth for Vinegar or
Lemons which we withold from her because of the Spasm –– She Sleeps
easily from One in the morning till Ten in the forenoon & the Contractions
are worst
from 5 to 12 at night Whilst like Spasms Continued we
put her into the Warm Bath at Bed time but since she Contractd we



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we have disused them least the Nerves shoud have been too much
relaxed & debilitate Thus my Worthy Sir I have given you a plain
Account of her Situation and of several things she has gotten tho
indeed I think the Bark answers best I dare say youll understand me
tho the Case is not drawn out in form, And I trust that your Goodness will
forgive my rashness Parental feelings you know are Strong things,
If you have leasure to think of the Case I have ordered my Second Son
who is attending the University to deliver this & to call at different
times when it may Suit your Conveniency to drop me a few lines
you may believe I blush at this freedom & can only repay it with
the Sincerest Gratitude & fervent Prayers for all Good to you & yours
I am with great esteem

Dear Sir
Your very humble & Obliged
Servant
John Mudie


P.S. My Son your late Pupil woud have
delivered this but I suspect he is Sailed


Mr Mudie of
Portmoak ––
April 1781 ––

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Portmoak Manse March 13th
1781.
Sir


The former experience of your
humanity & Generosity to me maks me use the freedom
to trouble you with the Accounts of my Daughters Illness
which I formerly communicated to my Son to lay before you
to me it appears a pretty extraordinary case but to you it may
appear Obvious, she was at first, after a Valitudinary State for
some weeks, taken with a Hooping like the ChinCough which
seemd to be in our Apprehension a Spasm upon her Lungs, &
after several days She was greatly contracted, her hands & feet
especialy, And for the most part her whole Body was in a
cramped State
Bending backwards & forewards inso much that
she is with difficulty keept from hurting herself, twixt the Paroxysms
she is easy & rather higher spirited than usual. The Spasm or
Hooping has left her Since these Contractions & Convulsive Motions
began –– We have put her upon the use of the Bark & give her an
airing in a Chaise, which has a little restored her appetite but
the Fitts continue exceedingly frequent, her Nerves seem to be so
Irritable that the Smallest unexpected Noise produces a Fitt ––––
She has got some calomel, but no Worms has appeard –– Her Belly is
Costive for which she gets now & then two Tea Spoonful of Tinctura
Sacra
–– She has also got some Oil Injections – She has the greatest
desire Imaginable for Acids & will Gnash her teeth for Vinegar or
Lemons which we withold from her because of the Spasm –– She Sleeps
easily from One in the morning till Ten in the forenoon & the Contractions
are worst
from 5 to 12 at night Whilst like Spasms Continued we
put her into the Warm Bath at Bed time but since she Contractd we



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we have disused them least the Nerves shoud have been too much
relaxed & debilitate Thus my Worthy Sir I have given you a plain
Account of her Situation and of several things she has gotten tho
indeed I think the Bark answers best I dare say youll understand me
tho the Case is not drawn out in form, And I trust that your Goodness will
forgive my rashness Parental feelings you know are Strong things,
If you have leasure to think of the Case I have ordered my Second Son
who is attending the University to deliver this & to call at different
times when it may Suit your Conveniency to drop me a few lines
you may believe I blush at this freedom & can only repay it with
the Sincerest Gratitude & fervent Prayers for all Good to you & yours
I am with great esteem

Dear Sir
Your very humle & Obliged
Servant
John Mudie


P.S. My Son your late Pupil woud have
delivered this but I suspect he is Sailed


Mr Mudie of
Portmoak ––
April 1781 ––

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