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

 

[ID:2305] From: Dr Alexander Stevenson (Professor; of Dalgairn ) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr John Glassford (of Dougalston) (Patient) / 18 August 1783 / (Incoming)

Letter from Alexander Stevenson, concerning the case of Mr Glassford, who is just setting out for a few days by the sea in Saltcoats. He notes 'It is very lucky R. Wallace goes out with him'. Glysters have been employed. He is still subject to vomiting, and the epigastric tumor is now attracting more of his attention. Stevenson has also been in communication with Mr Barclay.

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DOC ID 2305
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1362
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date18 August 1783
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 Stevenson, concerning the case of Mr Glassford, who is just setting out for a few days by the sea in Saltcoats. He notes 'It is very lucky R. Wallace goes out with him'. Glysters have been employed. He is still subject to vomiting, and the epigastric tumor is now attracting more of his attention. Stevenson has also been in communication with Mr Barclay.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:330]
Case of John Glassford, the 'Tobacco Lord' who suffers from a long-term stomach complaint which eventually proves fatal. Includes post-mortem report. Internal reference implies he was Cullen's patient in 1768, though no letters are extant.
11
[Case ID:1402]
Case of Robert Barclay who suffers from bad headaches, especially at night, and swollen ankles.
8


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[PERS ID:563]AuthorDr Alexander Stevenson (Professor; of Dalgairn )
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1619]PatientMr John Glassford (of Dougalston)
[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:216]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Robert Wallace
[PERS ID:3244]OtherMr Robert Barclay

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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 Saltcoats Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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Glasgow 18 August 1783
Dear Doctor,


Mr. Glassford is just setting
out for Saltcoats to try an Excursion
of some days upon the Sea - He has taken
little of food or Medicine
since I wrote
to you – Laxative glysters have been
employed, & yesterday a Nutritive one
was thrown up, which he kept all night
& slept well. ––––


Four days ago, without any change of Pulse
he began to have thirst so that he drank
more & vomited more, but with little altera¬
tion. One day we thought there was some
red in it, which created suspicion, but He
assured us, it was red Currant Jelly in which
he had swallowed the pills. The urine
is very high coloured. The tumor to the left
of the Epigastric region
is much the same, but calls
his attention more. It is very lucky
R. Wallace goes out with him.




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Last night, I got your Letter sent in
from Mr Barclay. I can see no
objection to the trial of Dover in
the way you mention: but I am a
good deal taken up in the opposite
side of the Country – which will pre¬
vent my being present for some days,
but shall write him a few Lines just
now as I go to a distance in the Country

your most Obedient Servant
A. Stevenson



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To Dr W. Cullen
Professor of Physic
Edinburgh


Mr Glassford. ––
XV. p. 182, 188, 190

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[Page 1]
Glasgow 18 Aug 1783
Dear Doctor,


Mr. Glassford is just setting
out for Saltcoats to try an Excursion
of some days upon the Sea - He has taken
little of food or Medicine
since I wrote
to you – Laxative glysters have been
employed, & yesterday a Nutritive one
was thrown up, which he kept all night
& slept well. ––––


Four days ago, without any change of Pulse
he began to have thirst so that he drank
more & vomited more, but with little altera¬
tion. One day we thought there was some
red in it, which created suspicion, but He
assured us, it was red Currant Jelly in which
he had swallowed the pills. The urine
is very high coloured. The tumor to the left
of the Epig. region
is much the same, but calls
his attention more. It is very lucky
R. Wallace goes out with him.




[Page 2]


Last night, I got your Letter sent in
from Mr Barclay. I can see no
objection to the trial of Dover in
the way you mention: but I am a
good deal taken up in the opposite
side of the Country – which will pre¬
vent my being present for some days,
but shall write him a few Lines just
now as I go to a distance in the Country

your most Obedt Servt
A. Stevenson



[Page 3]


To Dr W. Cullen
Professor of Physic
Edinburgh


Mr Glassford. ––
XV. p. 182, 188, 190

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