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

 

[ID:225] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr William Hamilton (in Glasgow) / Regarding: Professor Thomas Hamilton (Patient), Mr Edward Brisbane (Patient), Mr Black (Patient) / 3 December 1781 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Mr Black', concerning what Cullen believes is a 'thickening in some part of the urethra'; also mentions Mr Brisbane.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 225
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/14/111
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date3 December 1781
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen Yes
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, 'Mr Black', concerning what Cullen believes is a 'thickening in some part of the urethra'; also mentions Mr Brisbane.
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:1914]
Case of Thomas Hamilton who has pains and spasms in the side and trouble walking.
6
[Case ID:1923]
Case of Mr Black with a disease of the urethra.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:175]AddresseeDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:2884]PatientMr Black
[PERS ID:1057]PatientProfessor Thomas Hamilton
[PERS ID:2873]PatientMr Edward Brisbane
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:175]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:175]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred

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Mr Black
Dear Sir


I have had ↑a↑ full conversation with Mr
Black and find his disease to be what I am well acquainted
with but at the same time am sorry to observe that it is com¬
monly tedious and difficult. Tho you found no resistance
to the passage of a bougie I am perswaded there is a thickening
in some part of
the Urethra and some phlogosis along the whole
course of it. The measures for curing this disorder which
I have found the most effectual are the following.


1. Let half an ounce of the Injection A. be thrown into
the urethra every night and morning.


2. Let a scruple of common Mercurial Ointment be
rubbed on the Perineum at the same times.


3. Let him drink every day a bottle of Arabic Emulsion


4. Let him abstain entirely from all fermented and
spiritous liquors but to t besides the Emulsion to take plenty¬
fully of any other watery liquor as Tea, gruel, whey &c




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5. The injection ointment and Emulsion are to be
used for a week only at one time but after intermitting them
for a fortnight another course is again to be employed and
that tho the ailment should seem to be very much relieved.


6. During these courses and even in the interval his
diet should be light and cooling chiefly of Milk & Vegetables
with a little animal food at dinner ↑only↑ abstaining carefully
from every thing salt or seasoned.


7. During these courses tho they do not require any
close confinement, he should take great care to avoid cold and
particularly to have the parts to which the ointment is ap¬
plied very well covered.


8. He may go about business as usual but should walk
at leisure and use no brisk exercise and entirely avoid riding.


By these means I hope you shall find Mr Black much
mended and I shall be glad to have your report of it.


I have nothing to say about Mr Brisbane and wish I could
say anything to the purpose about your father. I am most sincerely

Yours &c &c
William Cullen
Edinburgh 3rd. December 1781



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Take two drachms each of Mercurial Ointment and Wax Liniment. Rub together carefully until well-blended, then gradually pour in four ounces of the best Olive Oil. Label: For an injection. Half an ounce to be employed at one time, shaking the vial always very well before pouring it out.

W. C.

3rd. December
1781

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Mr Black
Dear Sir


I have had ↑a↑ full conversation with Mr
Black and find his disease to be what I am well acquainted
with but at the same time am sorry to observe that it is com¬
monly tedious and difficult. Tho you found no resistance
to the passage of a bougie I am perswaded there is a thickening
in some part of
the Urethra and some phlogosis along the whole
course of it. The measures for curing this disorder which
I have found the most effectual are the following.


1. Let half an ounce of the Injection A. be thrown into
the urethra every night and morning.


2. Let a scruple of common Mercurial Ointment be
rubbed on the Perineum at the same times.


3. Let him drink every day a bottle of Arabic Emulsion


4. Let him abstain entirely from all fermented and
spiritous liquors but to t besides the Emulsion to take plenty¬
fully of any other watery liquor as Tea, gruel, whey &c




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5. The injection ointment and Emulsion are to be
used for a week only at one time but after intermitting them
for a fortnight another course is again to be employed and
that tho the ailment should seem to be very much relieved.


6. During these courses and even in the interval his
diet should be light and cooling chiefly of Milk & Vegetables
with a little animal food at dinner ↑only↑ abstaining carefully
from every thing salt or seasoned.


7. During these courses tho they do not require any
close confinement, he should take great care to avoid cold and
particularly to have the parts to which the ointment is ap¬
plied very well covered.


8. He may go about business as usual but should walk
at leisure and use no brisk exercise and entirely avoid riding.


By these means I hope you shall find Mr Black much
mended and I shall be glad to have your report of it.


I have nothing to say about Mr Brisbane and wish I could
say anything to the purpose about your father. I am most sincerely

Yours &c &c
William Cullen
Edr. 3d. Decr. 1781



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Ung. Mercurial.
Liniment. Cerei @ ʒij
Terito simul diligenter donec probe misceantur
dein paulatim affunde diligenter terens
Ol. Olivar. opt. ℥iv
Sig. For an injection. Half an ounce to be
employed at one time shaking the vial
always very well before pouring it out

W. C.

3d. Decr.
1781

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