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

 

[ID:2200] From: Dr Alexander Taylor (Sanders) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Reverend Colin Gillies (of Paisley) (Patient) / 5 May 1782 / (Incoming)

Letter from Alexander Taylor concerning the case of Rev. Mr Gillies, sent after hearing that 'an account of his case which I sent off for you, under cover to him at Glasgow, has not reached you. I have wrote to his father [the Minister of Blackfriars, Glasgow] to foreward it to you'. In case this, too, is lost, he sends the present account. He describes Mr Gillies's first fit, which 'had much the appearance of being Epileptic', and a second attack in Port Glasgow (treated by Alexander Mollison). He also describes eruptions on the nose and ear to which Mr Gillies has been subject in winter for some years.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2200
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1272
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date5 May 1782
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 Alexander Taylor concerning the case of Rev. Mr Gillies, sent after hearing that 'an account of his case which I sent off for you, under cover to him at Glasgow, has not reached you. I have wrote to his father [the Minister of Blackfriars, Glasgow] to foreward it to you'. In case this, too, is lost, he sends the present account. He describes Mr Gillies's first fit, which 'had much the appearance of being Epileptic', and a second attack in Port Glasgow (treated by Alexander Mollison). He also describes eruptions on the nose and ear to which Mr Gillies has been subject in winter for some years.
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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1286]
Case of the Rev. Colin Gillies who has suffered several fainting fits almost like epileptic seizures.
7


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[PERS ID:207]AuthorDr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1465]PatientReverend Colin Gillies (of Paisley)
[PERS ID:121]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Alexander Mollison (Molison, Molyson)
[PERS ID:207]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1901]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendReverend John Gillies (of Blackfriars, Glasgow)

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

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Sir


I understand by a
letter I received this day from Mr.
Gillies that an account of his Case
which I sent off for you, under cover to
him at Glasgow, has not reached you.
I have wrote to his father to foreward
it to you; but lest by some accident
it may have been lost I again send
you what I know of Mr. Gillies' Complaints


–––– It is a quarter of a year
since in the afternoon he found him¬
self in (↑affected with a↑) general heaviy (↑ness↑) and his head
confused and that night after having
supped and drunk 3 or 4 glasses of punch
he had a very severe faint or rather
a fit which lasted upwards of ten mi¬
nutes
and had much the appearance of
being Epileptic
for tho' he did not
foam at
the mouth nor he d (↑made↑) any violent
motions with
his hands or feet; yet his
face
was very red and his neck swelled
and he writhed his head round to one



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side and I believe it came on with a sudde[n]
cry –– I saw him immediately after re¬
covering from it and found his pulse
quick and smart
. He was blooded freely
next day and got a dose of salts and
was put upon a low Regimen and like¬
wise a day or two afterwards had a
pea placed in
his arm which mattered
very freely at first
but the discharge
has diminishd much
for some time by
past –– About a month ago he complaine[d]
of the same heaviness and confusion he had
felt formerly and I intended at first
to have taken some blood from him
, but
upon examination I found his pulse very
slow and weak
and his skin cold, and
which led me to post-pone it; but in
a few days afterwards when at Portglasgow
he was attacked with another ↑faint↑ in every re¬
spect similar to the former –– It is ten
years since, after being exposed to a very
severe cold, an inflammatory eruption
appeared on
his nose which has every
Winter since returned in very cold weather
and about two months ago such an eruption
came out upon
his face and particularly upon


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one of his ears and had begun to disappear
a little before the last attack; and ↑this↑ gives me
some suspicion of acrimony perhaps a¬
rising from defective perspiration ––
Formerly a blister was proposed to be
applied to his head and a seton placed
in
his neck and afterwards to have
his head bathed in cold water, but he
would not consent –– I am sorry I omitted
to take blood
when he complained last
of heaviness and intend hereafter upon
such occasion to blood him freely
if you
approve of it – Small bloodings frequently
repeated have been recommended to him

by Mr Mollison Surgeon in Portglasg[ow]
in the view of preventing Plethora but [I]
believe improperly ––

I am Sir
your most humble servant
Alexr. Taylor
Paisley 5 May 1782



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Dr. William Cullen
Professor of Physic
Edinburgh

Diplomatic Text

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Sir


I understand by a
letter I received this day from Mr.
Gillies that an account of his Case
which I sent off for you, under cover to
him at Glasgow, has not reached you.
I have wrote to his father to foreward
it to you; but lest by some accident
it may have been lost I again send
you what I know of Mr. Gillies' Complaints


–––– It is a quarter of a year
since in the afternoon he found him¬
self in (↑affected with a↑) general heaviy (↑ness↑) and his head
confused and that night after having
supped and drunk 3 or 4 glasses of punch
he had a very severe faint or rather
a fit which lasted upwards of ten mi¬
nutes
and had much the appearance of
being Epileptic
for tho' he did not
foam at
the mouth nor he d (↑made↑) any violent
motions with
his hands or feet; yet his
face
was very red and his neck swelled
and he writhed his head round to one



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side and I believe it came on with a sudde[n]
cry –– I saw him immediately after re¬
covering from it and found his pulse
quick and smart
. He was blooded freely
next day and got a dose of salts and
was put upon a low Regimen and like¬
wise a day or two afterwards had a
pea placed in
his arm which mattered
very freely at first
but the discharge
has diminishd much
for some time by
past –– About a month ago he complaine[d]
of the same heaviness and confusion he had
felt formerly and I intended at first
to have taken some blood from him
, but
upon examination I found his pulse very
slow and weak
and his skin cold, and
which led me to post-pone it; but in
a few days afterwards when at Portglasgow
he was attacked with another ↑faint↑ in every re¬
spect similar to the former –– It is ten
years since, after being exposed to a very
severe cold, an inflammatory eruption
appeared on
his nose which has every
Winter since returned in very cold weather
and about two months ago such an eruption
came out upon
his face and particularly upon


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one of his ears and had begun to disappear
a little before the last attack; and ↑this↑ gives me
some suspicion of acrimony perhaps a¬
rising from defective perspiration ––
Formerly a blister was proposed to be
applied to his head and a seton placed
in
his neck and afterwards to have
his head bathed in cold water, but he
would not consent –– I am sorry I omitted
to take blood
when he complained last
of heaviness and intend hereafter upon
such occasion to blood him freely
if you
approve of it – Small bloodings frequently
repeated have been recommended to him

by Mr Mollison Surgeon in Portglasg[ow]
in the view of preventing Plethora but [I]
believe improperly ––

I am Sir
your most humble servt.
Alexr. Taylor
Paisley 5 May 1782



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Dr. William Cullen
Professor of Physic
Edinr.

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