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[ID:2206] From: Mr John Goodsir / To: Mr Henry Lindsay (Harry; Lindsay Bethune; Lindsay of Wormiston; after 1789, Bethune of Kilconquhar and Balfour) / Regarding: Mr David Bethune (of Kilconquhar; of Balfour) (Patient) / 9 May 1782 / (Incoming)

Letter from John Goodsir to Henry Lindsay for forwarding to Cullen, concerning the case of Mr Bethune. There is 'no change to the Better' in Bethune's case, and rather 'the symptoms of his Disease are daily growing worse'. The pains in his bowels and back 'have been so violent that he could not keep from Crying'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2206
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1278
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date9 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 John Goodsir to Henry Lindsay for forwarding to Cullen, concerning the case of Mr Bethune. There is 'no change to the Better' in Bethune's case, and rather 'the symptoms of his Disease are daily growing worse'. The pains in his bowels and back 'have been so violent that he could not keep from Crying'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:260]
Case of Mr David Bethune of Balfour who consulted Cullen previously over stomach complaints (See Case 34). Now also has an eye problem, head-pains, abdominal pains and increasing weakness.
20


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1301]AuthorMr John Goodsir
[PERS ID:5375]AddresseeMr Henry Lindsay (Harry; Lindsay Bethune; Lindsay of Wormiston; after 1789, Bethune of Kilconquhar and Balfour)
[PERS ID:11]PatientMr David Bethune (of Kilconquhar; of Balfour)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1003]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Joseph Black
[PERS ID:1301]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Goodsir
[PERS ID:5375]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Henry Lindsay (Harry; Lindsay Bethune; Lindsay of Wormiston; after 1789, Bethune of Kilconquhar and Balfour)
[PERS ID:817]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMiss Rachel Lindsay (Lindesay; Lindsay Bethune)
[PERS ID:259]OtherMr Gregg (Glegg)

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Place of Writing Largo Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter George Square Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


Since you saw Mr. Bethun there is
no change to the Better on the contrary the Sympt¬
oms of his Disease are daily growing worse –


Mr. Bethune has regularly pursued the plan
proscrib'd him by Drs. Cullen & Black without
the least ↑benefit↑ as yet, he has not however got the Proprietary Elixir of Vitriol as I had none of it nor my
neighbours I get it from Edinburgh tomorrow –


The pains in his Bowels and Back /not about the
region of the Kidnies
/ about the middle; for the last
eight days have been so violent that he could
not keep from Crying especially in the after part
of the day and thro' the night he cannot keep
his Bed but must sit in his Chair – the reaching
also has been very violent
tho nothing comes up.
Mr. Bethune compairs /as I have never seen him
under one of these fits/ it to the fruitless reaching from
a Vomit
, is generally releived after & is disposed
to fall asleep. Miss Lindsay & Mr. [Gregg?] told me



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yesterday at the time Mr. Bethune was reaching
they felt the most offensive smell, tho he
neither complained of ↑bad↑ taste or smell himself


Upon the whole Mr. Bethunes case is the
same as when Mr. Lindsay left him but every
bad symptom become worse, he is almost tired
of proscriptions, his flesh & spirits are much
exausted
– Last night as an Antispasmodic I
advised Mr. Bethune to try flannels wrong out
of warm water applied to
the Belly when so
violently paind and also I mention'd to him
after so many fruitless trials of resinous
purgatives
that he might try one dose of
Epsom Salts
he seem'd to be
afraid they would not set on his stomach


I shall write you in a few days


With very much ↑respect↑ I am Dear Sir

Your very Humble & obedient Servant
John Goodsir

Largo May 9th.
1782



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May 10th.


I am happy to say that last night
after taking the Laudanum Castor oil & Daffies
Elixir
Mr. Bethune was freer of pain than for eight
days before –




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Henry Lindsay Esquire
Georges Square
Edinburgh


Mr Goodsir
Concerning David Bethune Esqr.
May 9th. 1782
V. XIV. p. 51.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Dear Sir


Since you saw Mr. Bethun there is
no change to the Better on the contrary the Sympt¬
oms of his Disease are daily growing worse –


Mr. Bethune has regularly pursued the plan
proscrib'd him by Drs. Cullen & Black without
the least ↑benefit↑ as yet, he has not however got the Elixr.
Propriet: Vitriol:
as I had none of it nor my
neighbours I get it from Edinr. tomorrow –


The pains in his Bowels and Back /not about the
region of the Kidnies
/ about the middle; for the last
eight days have been so violent that he could
not keep from Crying especially in the after part
of the day and thro' the night he cannot keep
his Bed but must sit in his Chair – the reaching
also has been very violent
tho nothing comes up.
Mr. Bethune compairs /as I have never seen him
under one of these fits/ it to the fruitless reaching from
a Vomit
, is generally releived after & is disposed
to fall asleep. Miss Lindsay & Mr. [Gregg?] told me



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yesterday at the time Mr. Bethune was reaching
they felt the most offensive smell, tho he
neither complained of ↑bad↑ taste or smell himself


Upon the whole Mr. Bethunes case is the
same as when Mr. Lindsay left him but every
bad symptom become worse, he is almost tired
of proscriptions, his flesh & spirits are much
exausted
– Last night as an Antispasmodic I
advised Mr. Bethune to try flannels wrong out
of warm water applied to
the Belly when so
violently paind and also I mention'd to him
after so many fruitless trials of resinous
purgatives
that he might try one dose of
the Sal: Catharticus Amar:
he seem'd to be
afraid they would not set on his stomach


I shall write you in a few days


With very much ↑respect↑ I am Dear Sir

Your very Huble & obt. Servt.
John Goodsir

Largo May 9th.
1782



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May 10th.


I am happy to say that last night
after taking the Laudanum Castor oil & Daffies
Elixr.
Mr. Bethune was freer of pain than for eight
days before –




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Henry Lindsay Esquire
Georges Square
Edinburgh


Mr Goodsir
C. David Bethune Esqr.
May 9th. 1782
V. XIV. p. 51.

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