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

 

[ID:2103] From: Mr Alexander Dunlop (Sanders, Saunders) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr James Brown (Patient) / 28 November 1781 / (Incoming)

Letter from Alexander Dunlop, concerning the case of James Brown, who 'has kept the house almost continually since he returned from Edinburgh', where he had consulted Cullen in person. He discusses his use of medicines and the semicupium, and asks on the advisability of electricity. Dunlop encloses Brown's letter to Cullen which is Doc 1D 2104.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2103
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1179a
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date28 November 1781
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Alexander Dunlop, concerning the case of James Brown, who 'has kept the house almost continually since he returned from Edinburgh', where he had consulted Cullen in person. He discusses his use of medicines and the semicupium, and asks on the advisability of electricity. Dunlop encloses Brown's letter to Cullen which is Doc 1D 2104.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1412]
Case of Mr Brown whose present pains, numbness and other symptoms are not thought to be related to a former venereal infection. He undergoes electrical treatment.
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[PERS ID:591]AuthorMr Alexander Dunlop (Sanders, Saunders)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2949]PatientMr James Brown
[PERS ID:591]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Alexander Dunlop (Sanders, Saunders)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor 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 Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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Sir


According to your Directions Mr Brown
has drank daily a Bottle of the Decoction of woods with the addition
of the Mezereon, and at first went into the semicupium once in two
two days, and after some ↑time↑ once a day –– He finds great relief from the
use of the Bath, he finds that upon coming out from it, his legs and
feet are less numb'd and less pained, however by the time that he
should repeat the semicupium next day, he returns almost to the
same situation as before. I say almost because upon the whole I
think him considerably better than when you last last saw him –– He has
kept the house almost continually since he returned from Edinburgh.
I wanted him to try how far he could walk without hurting himself
he at my desire went out in ↑a↑ Chaise and upon returning home he
alighted at some distance from his house and came home on his
feet
, but he was very much tired, and found himself more uneasy
and pained not only that day, but the next also –– He has taken Do¬
vers ↑powder↑ twice
, once about the Eighteenth and the other about the 28th of this



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month –– they sweated him moderately –- the last dose he took was
twenty five grains –– At present ↑within these four or five days↑ he is doing nothing but using the
semicupium
of which he is very fond, as he thinks it contributes
much to his relief, at least for some time after he comes out of it.
The scurfy Eruption on the head still continues to return, but goes
way almost instantly upon the application of vinegar and water, if
it was not touched with any thing it would still go away, as it
has done this last time –– I cannot think there can be any strong
venereal in the habit
–– would you think Electricity of any use
in this disease? Mr Brown will read this letter and may make
some remarks of his own –– We beg to hear from you soon

I am Sir with esteem
your most humble servant
Alexr Dunlop
Glasgow 28 November 1781



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Dunlop
Concerning Mr Brown
November 1781
V XIII p. 220

Diplomatic Text

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Sir


According to your Directions Mr Brown
has drank daily a Bottle of the Decoction of woods with the addition
of the Mezereon, and at first went into the semicupium once in two
two days, and after some ↑time↑ once a day –– He finds great relief from the
use of the Bath, he finds that upon coming out from it, his legs and
feet are less numb'd and less pained, however by the time that he
should repeat the semicupium next day, he returns almost to the
same situation as before. I say almost because upon the whole I
think him considerably better than when you last last saw him –– He has
kept the house almost continually since he returned from Edinburgh.
I wanted him to try how far he could walk without hurting himself
he at my desire went out in ↑a↑ Chaise and upon returning home he
alighted at some distance from his house and came home on his
feet
, but he was very much tired, and found himself more uneasy
and pained not only that day, but the next also –– He has taken Do¬
vers ↑powder↑ twice
, once about the Eighteenth and the other about the 28th of this



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month –– they sweated him moderately –- the last dose he took was
twenty five grains –– At present ↑within these four or five days↑ he is doing nothing but using the
semicupium
of which he is very fond, as he thinks it contributes
much to his relief, at least for some time after he comes out of it.
The scurfy Eruption on the head still continues to return, but goes
way almost instantly upon the application of vinegar and water, if
it was not touched with any thing it would still go away, as it
has done this last time –– I cannot think there can be any strong
venereal in the habit
–– would you think Electricity of any use
in this disease? Mr Brown will read this letter and may make
some remarks of his own –– We beg to hear from you soon

I am Sir with esteem
your most humble servt
Alexr Dunlop
Glasgow 28 Novr 1781



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Dunlop
C Mr Brown
Novr. 1781
V XIII p. 220

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