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

 

[ID:1990] From: Lachlan Campbell (Lauchlan Campbell) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr R. C. (Patient) / 16 March 1781 / (Incoming)

Letter from Lachlan Campbell, concerning the case of 'R. C.', an unnamed male patient.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1990
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1068
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date16 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 Lachlan Campbell, concerning the case of 'R. C.', an unnamed male patient.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1424]
Case of 'R. C.' a male patient who is going blind, as reported by Lachlan Campbell. No reply traced.
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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:793]Author Lachlan Campbell (Lauchlan Campbell)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2911]PatientMr R. C.
[PERS ID:793]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary Lachlan Campbell (Lauchlan Campbell)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Campbeltown (Campbelltown) West Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred

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R. C. Aged 60 Years a regular living healthy
Man -- For 30 years back much Confined to his Desk
almost constantly looking upon Paper -- About six
years ago found his sight failing rather more
than time shou'd have effected -- He still, however
continued to write mor with the help of Glasses
till within these twelve months that he is
become almost blind
--- His Eyes have the same
appearance as formerly, and the Iris upon the
sudden admission of light contracts powerfully.
He never used any Medicine for this Complaint
more than taking, about Three months ago,
some grains of Calomel, scarcely so much as to
affect his mouth, which as it did not agree with
his Bowels and not finding any good effect from
it he gave up -- It may be noticed that twenty
years ago he received a push of a File upon the
inner Angle of the Right Eye
which rested principally
upon the side of his Nose, but when the wound was
cured left no external blemish nor did it impair
his sight
in the smalest degree


Campbelltown
16th. March 1781



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Dear Doctor


Inclosed is the Case of a particular friend and
Connection of mine whose interest I have much at heart
therefor I lay it before you --- It can do no harm
to observe that very early in life he by a fall from a
Tree got his Thigh bruised which some time thereafter
occasioned a large Tumor on the part, The matter
was allowed to lodge long, till it made its own way to
the surface -- The Sore became fistulous, a very long
one indeed, running up towards the Joint of the Thigh
on the out side
, it was keept open by means of a Fent
not thicker than a Probe for years, till the 1742 that
I cutt it up as far as I cou'd reach it, above eight Inches.
The sore dried up and continued so for two years, when
matter gathered a second time, but in no great quantity
and cured agen- I this way it continued periodically
to collect and discharge itself at the distance of perhaps
two years for three or four times --- but for these
Twenty years back it has had no discharge -- Still a
lameness of
that Thigh Joint and an excessive sensibility
in it
-- This is to be delivered by Mr William Macdonald
who will forward your answer I very respectfully am-


Sir
Your most Obedient humble
Servant
Lach Campbell

Campbelltown
16th. March 1781



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Doctor Cullen


Mr L. Campbell
Concerning Mr R. C.
March 1781
V. XII p. 1

Diplomatic Text

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R. C. Aged 60 Years a regular living healthy
Man -- For 30 years back much Confined to his Desk
almost constantly looking upon Paper -- About six
years ago found his sight failing rather more
than time shou'd have effected -- He still, however
continued to write mor with the help of Glasses
till within these twelve months that he is
become almost blind
--- His Eyes have the same
appearance as formerly, and the Iris upon the
sudden admission of light contracts powerfully.
He never used any Medicine for this Complaint
more than taking, about Three months ago,
some grains of Calomel, scarcely so much as to
affect his mouth, which as it did not agree with
his Bowels and not finding any good effect from
it he gave up -- It may be noticed that twenty
years ago he received a push of a File upon the
inner Angle of the Right Eye
which rested principally
upon the side of his Nose, but when the wound was
cured left no external blemish nor did it impair
his sight
in the smalest degree


Campbelltown
16th. March 1781



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Dear Doctor


Inclosed is the Case of a particular friend and
Connection of mine whose interest I have much at heart
therefor I lay it before you --- It can do no harm
to observe that very early in life he by a fall from a
Tree got his Thigh bruised which some time thereafter
occasioned a large Tumor on the part, The matter
was allowed to lodge long, till it made its own way to
the surface -- The Sore became fistulous, a very long
one indeed, running up towards the Joint of the Thigh
on the out side
, it was keept open by means of a Fent
not thicker than a Probe for years, till the 1742 that
I cutt it up as far as I cou'd reach it, above eight Inches.
The sore dried up and continued so for two years, when
matter gathered a second time, but in no great quantity
and cured agen- I this way it continued periodically
to collect and discharge itself at the distance of perhaps
two years for three or four times --- but for these
Twenty years back it has had no discharge -- Still a
lameness of
that Thigh Joint and an excessive sensibility
in it
-- This is to be delivered by Mr William Macdonald
who will forward your answer I very respectfully am-


Sir
Your most Obedient humble
Servt.
Lach Campbell

Campbelltown
16th. March 1781



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Doctor Cullen


Mr L. Campbell
C. Mr R. C.
March 1781
V. XII p. 1

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