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

 

[ID:2061] From: Dr William Hamilton (in Glasgow) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Lady Helen Stuart (Orr) (Stewart; of Castlemilk) (Patient), Mr Thomas Hopkirk (of Dalbeth) (Patient), Professor Thomas Hamilton (Patient), Mr Edward Brisbane (Patient) / 8 September 1781 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Hamilton, concerning the cases of Mr Brisbane and Lady Stuart, who have been tapped for abdominal fluid, and of Mr Hopkirk, who has died. Hamilton regrets not having the chance to 'open' Mr Hopkirk, as his complaints were new to him. He also reports that his father, Professor Thomas Hamilton, is now unable to walk and suffers pains and spasms in the side.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 2061
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1135
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date8 September 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 William Hamilton, concerning the cases of Mr Brisbane and Lady Stuart, who have been tapped for abdominal fluid, and of Mr Hopkirk, who has died. Hamilton regrets not having the chance to 'open' Mr Hopkirk, as his complaints were new to him. He also reports that his father, Professor Thomas Hamilton, is now unable to walk and suffers pains and spasms in the side.
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:1342]
Case of Thomas Hopkirk who suffers from a severe pain in his right side and a related stomach disorder.
6
[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


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:175]AuthorDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:90]PatientLady Helen Stuart (Stewart; of Castlemilk)
[PERS ID:1057]PatientProfessor Thomas Hamilton
[PERS ID:95]PatientMr Thomas Hopkirk (of Dalbeth)
[PERS ID:2873]PatientMr Edward Brisbane
[PERS ID:175]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:216]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Robert Wallace
[PERS ID:563]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Stevenson (Professor; of Dalgairn )
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2878]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Isabella Hamilton
[PERS ID:175]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:743]OtherMrs Anna Cullen

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Place of Writing Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


I could not allow the
opportunity of your patient Mr Brisbanes
going to Edinburgh to pass without
writing you. As one of his principal
errands there is to see you I need say
nothing of his present state of health.
He has continued the Infusion & Pills
regularly, & tho both have been encreased
in strength they have produced no effect
that would require their being stopped.
The mercury he has taken exactly as you
ordered & as yet he has only once been
obliged to leave it off as his mouth was
growing sore. Since he came to Glasgow




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I have tapped him twice, the last time about
a week ago, at each operation there
was nine scotsh pints of water drawn
off.
He lately begged he might be allowed
to take as common drink some of that
decoction he had taken in England;
as the principal ingredients were Arti¬
chokes
& Juniper berries I indulged him
in it, as it was in no way counter¬
acting the medicines you had ordered.


Poor Mr Hopkirk died last week, his
medicines were left off sometime before
his death as he was so weak that ↑we↑ were
affraid he could not bear them.


I had not an opportunity of opening
him which I regret much as his
complaints were new to me.


Lady Stuart about a fortnight ago was
tapped & had eleven scotsh pints of
water taken away
, she bore the opera¬
tion very well & since it she has I
think been better. She takes the Artichoke
infusion
in the same way as you
ordered it for Mr Brisbane, she takes




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likewise some cream of Tartar to keep
her belly open & to promote the discharge
by urine. Besides the ease the operation
has given her it has been attended
with this good effect that her water has
been much encreased in quantity she
makes one day with another near a
Choppin & the day after the tapping about
a scotsh pint of water. There is evidently
still some fluid left in the
abdomen
but it does not
seem to have encreased.


My Father has I think been rather worse
since I was in Edinburgh, he is now
incapable of walking
, he complains
much of pains & spasms in the side
affected & got no sleep at night. Dr Stevenson
& Mr Wallace allowed him an opiate which
gives him rest thro the night. His pulse
is natural
& he has no complaint
whatever in his head. He & my Mother
join me in best complements to you
Mrs Cullen & the rest of your good family


I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your
obliged humble Servant
William Hamilton

Glasgow
September 8th
1781



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Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Hamilton
Concerning Mr Brisbane &cc
September 1781.
V. XIII. P. 176

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir


I could not allow the
opportunity of your patient Mr Brisbanes
going to Edinburgh to pass without
writing you. As one of his principal
errands there is to see you I need say
nothing of his present state of health.
He has continued the Infusion & Pills
regularly, & tho both have been encreased
in strength they have produced no effect
that would require their being stopped.
The mercury he has taken exactly as you
ordered & as yet he has only once been
obliged to leave it off as his mouth was
growing sore. Since he came to Glasgow




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I have tapped him twice, the last time about
a week ago, at each operation there
was nine scotsh pints of water drawn
off.
He lately begged he might be allowed
to take as common drink some of that
decoction he had taken in England;
as the principal ingredients were Arti¬
chokes
& Juniper berries I indulged him
in it, as it was in no way counter¬
acting the medicines you had ordered.


Poor Mr Hopkirk died last week, his
medicines were left off sometime before
his death as he was so weak that ↑we↑ were
affraid he could not bear them.


I had not an opportunity of opening
him which I regret much as his
complaints were new to me.


Lady Stuart about a fortnight ago was
tapped & had eleven scotsh pints of
water taken away
, she bore the opera¬
tion very well & since it she has I
think been better. She takes the Artichoke
infusion
in the same way as you
ordered it for Mr Brisbane, she takes




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likewise some cream of Tartar to keep
her belly open & to promote the discharge
by urine. Besides the ease the operation
has given her it has been attended
with this good effect that her water has
been much encreased in quantity she
makes one day with another near a
Choppin & the day after the tapping about
a scotsh pint of water. There is evidently
still some fluid left in the
abdomen
but it does not
seem to have encreased.


My Father has I think been rather worse
since I was in Edinburgh, he is now
incapable of walking
, he complains
much of pains & spasms in the side
affected & got no sleep at night. Dr Stevenson
& Mr Wallace allowed him an opiate which
gives him rest thro the night. His pulse
is natural
& he has no complaint
whatever in his head. He & my Mother
join me in best complements to you
Mrs Cullen & the rest of your good family


I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your
obliged humble Servant
William Hamilton

Glasgow
Septr 8th
1781



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Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Hamilton
C. Mr Brisbane &cc
Septr. 1781.
V. XIII. P. 176

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