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

 

[ID:204] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr William Hamilton (in Glasgow) / Regarding: Lady Helen Stuart (Orr) (Stewart; of Castlemilk) (Patient), Professor Thomas Hamilton (Patient), Mr Edward Brisbane (Patient) / 11 October 1781 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Mr Hamilton C[oncerning] Mr Brisbane', and also mentioning the cases of Lady Stuart and of Hamilton's father, Professor Thomas Hamilton.

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FieldData
DOC ID 204
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/14/90
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date11 October 1781
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, 'Mr Hamilton C[oncerning] Mr Brisbane', and also mentioning the cases of Lady Stuart and of Hamilton's father, Professor Thomas Hamilton.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1329]
Case of Edward Brisbane, a merchant returned to Glasgow from America, who has ascites and anasarca (fluid retention) which prove fatal.
9
[Case ID:1367]
Case of Lady Helen Stuart of Castlemilk who reports flying rheumatic pains, a skin eruption and pains in her abdomen.
5
[Case ID:1914]
Case of Thomas Hamilton who has pains and spasms in the side and trouble walking.
6


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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:175]AddresseeDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:1057]PatientProfessor Thomas Hamilton
[PERS ID:2873]PatientMr Edward Brisbane
[PERS ID:90]PatientLady Helen Stuart (Stewart; of Castlemilk)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:175]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:563]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Stevenson (Professor; of Dalgairn )
[PERS ID:175]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred

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[Page 1]
Mr Hamilton Concerning Mr Brisbane
Dear Sir


You are good enough to give me an account
of Mr Brisbanes medicines but you do not say a word of
the present state of his symptoms. However I guess at this
and suppose his swelling to go on increasing while his [wris?]
does not and I shall speak to the particulars you mention {illeg}
well as I can. As the Cicuta has sensible effects I think it
should be continued increasing the dose by degrees. I say
the same of the Colchicum and suppose the dose may go a
deal further than at present. Its purging a little will be no
objection. It does not answer to give squills at the same time
as it gives an ambiguity with respect ↑to↑ the two medicines.
The Artichoke Infusion may be continued but should be
sometimes intermitted in the way he can best bear it.
I can have no doubt in letting him try the fumigated fla¬
nnels and letting ↑alone↑ the oil for some time.




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Lady Stuarts situation is just what I expected and I don't
know of any better medicine than those employed but with
Dr Stevensons consent I think you might drop the Artichoke
Infusion
and in place of the Artichoke leaves you might employ
an Infusion of Juniper berries and [sem. danc. silv.?] the former
being very well bruised and let the alkaline salt be in the
same proportion as before.


Your fathers situation gives me a great deal of concern
but I hope it may be better as it is to be supposed that the
Nephritic fit has had a great share in rendering his pulse
quick
and him so restless. The opiate is certainly an ambi¬
guous remedy but while he is liable to anything nephritic
I dare not advise his quitting the Opiate. I dare say it is
his own experience at Bath that has made him neglect the
douche and in that case I dare not urge it but it appears
{illeg}not improper for either his nephritic or paralytic complaints


With the most sincere good wishes I am Dear William
your affectionate & most obedient servant
William Cullen
Edinburgh 11th. October 1781.

Yours of the 7th came here only this day

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[Page 1]
Mr Hamilton C Mr Brisbane
Dear Sir


You are good enough to give me an account
of Mr Brisbanes medicines but you do not say a word of
the present state of his symptoms. However I guess at this
and suppose his swelling to go on increasing while his [wris?]
does not and I shall speak to the particulars you mention {illeg}
well as I can. As the Cicuta has sensible effects I think it
should be continued increasing the dose by degrees. I say
the same of the Colchicum and suppose the dose may go a
deal further than at present. Its purging a little will be no
objection. It does not answer to give squills at the same time
as it gives an ambiguity with respect ↑to↑ the two medicines.
The Artichoke Infusion may be continued but should be
sometimes intermitted in the way he can best bear it.
I can have no doubt in letting him try the fumigated fla¬
nnels and letting ↑alone↑ the oil for some time.




[Page 2]


Lady Stuarts situation is just what I expected and I don't
know of any better medicine than those employed but with
Dr Stevensons consent I think you might drop the Artichoke
Infusion
and in place of the Artichoke leaves you might employ
an Infusion of Juniper berries and [sem. danc. silv.?] the former
being very well bruised and let the alkaline salt be in the
same proportion as before.


Your fathers situation gives me a great deal of concern
but I hope it may be better as it is to be supposed that the
Nephritic fit has had a great share in rendering his pulse
quick
and him so restless. The opiate is certainly an ambi¬
guous remedy but while he is liable to anything nephritic
I dare not advise his quitting the Opiate. I dare say it is
his own experience at Bath that has made him neglect the
douche and in that case I dare not urge it but it appears
{illeg}not improper for either his nephritic or paralytic complaints


With the most sincere good wishes I am Dear William
your affectionate & most obedient servant
William Cullen
Edinr. 11th. Octor. 1781.

Yours of the 7th came here only this day

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