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[ID:2041] From: Mr Alexander McCulloch / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Alexander McCulloch (Patient) / 8 August 1781 / (Incoming)

Letter from Alexander McCulloch, factor to the Duke of Montrose, concerning his own case.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2041
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1116
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date8 August 1781
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Alexander McCulloch, factor to the Duke of Montrose, concerning his own case.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1375]
Case of Alexander McCulloch, factor to the Duke of Montrose, who has a long-standing 'convulsive complaint', but confesses to Cullen that he was once treated for a venereal infection.
2


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[PERS ID:4449]AuthorMr Alexander McCulloch
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:4449]PatientMr Alexander McCulloch
[PERS ID:4451]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Monro
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:4450]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr

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Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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Case of Alexander M. Culloch 8 August 1781


Referring to the Case wrote upon a separate Paper,
date 4 January 1776, and which produced the
Advices of an Eminent Physician (8 January & 25th
May 1776) Show'n herewith, he thinks it
necessary upon the present occasion to add
only a few particulars, by way of addi¬
tional Information. ---


After having folllowed Dr. Monro's Pre¬
scriptions for a considerable time, he considered
himself as fully cured of the Swimming in his
head, and though his Convulsive Complaint
had become so very Moderat that he again
resumed his former way of Living, so far as
to give over the use of Medicines; and
having become tyred of using a Wig, en¬
couraged again the growth of his Hair,
till about a Year past that, after a good
deal of fatigue in the way of Business,
and having fallen Asleep in his Chair, he
had a pretty severe return of his Convulsive
Complaint
, he a Second time began to
wear a Wig, and has ever since continued a
moderat Blister Issue on the Crown of the
head
, & another Issue in his Arm. -- He
has also, at times, used the Mixture of the
Jesuits Bark & Port-Wine, in the manner
prescribed by Doctor Monro, sometimes for
about twenty days, without interruption; but in



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general only for a few days immediatly after the
return of his old Ailment, which usually hap¬
pens once a Month, and allways while
Sound Asleep, in Bed. --- He has
observed for the most part his being uncommon¬
ly dull, & having a desire to sleep for
a day or two before. --- Tho' he
cannot so exactly ascertain what benefit he
may have reaped from the use of the
Bark, he has frequently wished to continue
it longer, but that being often from home,
And sometimes in Situations where he could
not procure Wine, he doubted if using
the Bark with Water, would be so proper.


Besides a Swimming in the head and
lowness of Spirits, which Allways follows the
Convulsive Complaint, so as to render him
Averse to Business for a day or two after, his
Tongue is, on some of these occasions, so
much hurt as that he cannot speak without
some pain. --- He considered his returns
of this Ailment for some Months past pretty
Moderat, except once about 21 June, and
again on 27 July. ---


After writing for any length of time, he
is allmost Allways Seized with an Inflama¬
tion
& pain in his Eyes. ---


The Patient has all along delayed men¬
tioning one Circumstance, occasioned by the im¬
prudence of Youth; but which he intentionally
concealed from Dr. M. On Account of the
Doctor's being intimatly acquainted with some of the



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Patient's friends in Town, from whom he allways
kept this a profound Secret. -- The Matter
to which he alludes is this, that a short time
before he left Edinburgh, in the Year 1767, he had
the Missfortune to catch a Venereal Infec¬
tion
, for which he, at that time had taken
some Medicines, by the Advice of a Young
Practitioner, who Assured the Patient that
he might rest Satisfied as to the Cure;
But tho' he has had no Carnal knowledge
of a Woman ever since that period, he has
still some Apprehension that this old In¬
fection
has been a good deal the Cause of
his other Ailments; And which he is the
more enclined to think from observing
a kind of gleet, at times, on his Linens;
especially after Riding, or other smart
Exercise; and sometimes an uncommon
quantity of Sediment in his Urine.


A. MC. is therefore desireous to have
Dr. Cullen's Opinion & directions, as soon
as convenient, having come to Town chiefly
on that errand; and finding it necessary
to return to the Country, as soon as possible.


Address. To Alexander M.Culloch Factor to the Duke of
Montrose
Buchanan - by -
Glasgow




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Case of
Alexander M.Culloch,
8 August 1781
V.XIII. p.127.

Diplomatic Text

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Case of Alexr M. Culloch 8 August 1781


Referring to the Case wrote upon a separate Paper,
date 4 January 1776, and which produced the
Advices of an Eminent Physician (8 January & 25th
May 1776) Show'n herewith, he thinks it
necessary upon the present occasion to add
only a few particulars, by way of addi¬
tional Information. ---


After having folllowed Dr. Monro's Pre¬
scriptions for a considerable time, he considered
himself as fully cured of the Swimming in his
head, and though his Convulsive Complaint
had become so very Moderat that he again
resumed his former way of Living, so far as
to give over the use of Medicines; and
having become tyred of using a Wig, en¬
couraged again the growth of his Hair,
till about a Year past that, after a good
deal of fatigue in the way of Business,
and having fallen Asleep in his Chair, he
had a pretty severe return of his Convulsive
Complaint
, he a Second time began to
wear a Wig, and has ever since continued a
moderat Blister Issue on the Crown of the
head
, & another Issue in his Arm. -- He
has also, at times, used the Mixture of the
Jesuits Bark & Port-Wine, in the manner
prescribed by Doctor Monro, sometimes for
about twenty days, without interruption; but in



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general only for a few days immediatly after the
return of his old Ailment, which usually hap¬
pens once a Month, and allways while
Sound Asleep, in Bed. --- He has
observed for the most part his being uncommon¬
ly dull, & having a desire to sleep for
a day or two before. --- Tho' he
cannot so exactly ascertain what benefit he
may have reaped from the use of the
Bark, he has frequently wished to continue
it longer, but that being often from home,
And sometimes in Situations where he could
not procure Wine, he doubted if using
the Bark with Water, would be so proper.


Besides a Swimming in the head and
lowness of Spirits, which Allways follows the
Convulsive Complaint, so as to render him
Averse to Business for a day or two after, his
Tongue is, on some of these occasions, so
much hurt as that he cannot speak without
some pain. --- He considered his returns
of this Ailment for some Months past pretty
Moderat, except once about 21 June, and
again on 27 July. ---


After writing for any length of time, he
is allmost Allways Seized with an Inflama¬
tion
& pain in his Eyes. ---


The Patient has all along delayed men¬
tioning one Circumstance, occasioned by the im¬
prudence of Youth; but which he intentionally
concealed from Dr. M. On Account of the
Doctor's being intimatly acquainted with some of the



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Patient's friends in Town, from whom he allways
kept this a profound Secret. -- The Matter
to which he alludes is this, that a short time
before he left Edinr., in the Year 1767, he had
the Missfortune to catch a Venereal Infec¬
tion
, for which he, at that time had taken
some Medicines, by the Advice of a Young
Practitioner, who Assured the Patient that
he might rest Satisfied as to the Cure;
But tho' he has had no Carnal knowledge
of a Woman ever since that period, he has
still some Apprehension that this old In¬
fection
has been a good deal the Cause of
his other Ailments; And which he is the
more enclined to think from observing
a kind of gleet, at times, on his Linens;
especially after Riding, or other smart
Exercise; and sometimes an uncommon
quantity of Sediment in his Urine.


A. MC. is therefore desireous to have
Dr. Cullen's Opinion & directions, as soon
as convenient, having come to Town chiefly
on that errand; and finding it necessary
to return to the Country, as soon as possible.


Address. To Alexr M.Culloch Factor to the Duke of
Montrose
Buchanan - by -
Glasgow




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Case of
Alexr M.Culloch,
8 Augt 1781
V.XIII. p.127.

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