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

 

[ID:2467] From: Dr William Hamilton (in Glasgow) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Andrew Syme (Sym) (Patient) / 5 June 1784 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Hamilton, concerning the case of Mr Sym.

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DOC ID 2467
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1521
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date5 June 1784
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 William Hamilton, concerning the case of Mr Sym.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1689]
Case of Andrew Syme who suffers from pain in his head.
8


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:175]AuthorDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5452]PatientMr Andrew Syme (Sym)
[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:743]OtherMrs Anna Cullen
[PERS ID:544]OtherDr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )

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Place of Writing Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Falkirk Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


I have been so long of answering
your letter about Mr Sym, that I might be
able to inform you of the effects produced by
the blister on his head. The pain it occasioned
was no more than is common, from the
plaister
being kept on, but Mr Sym, from
having born little pain before grew so uneasy
& apprehensive that it was taken off sooner
than I could have wished; He has however
been much better since. The headach tho
certainly in some degree Rheumatic is con¬
nected with the state of his Stomach as it
is increased, by indigestion, or an increase of
his Dyspeptic complaints. It is likewise
much aggravated by his Spirits sinking
and whenever he begins to consider his
Disease as of a very uncommon kind
he then complains more of the pain.
His pulse has all along, been very good, and
I do not find that his appetite is to be
complained of. His want of sleep, is sometimes
the effect of the pain, but I suspect as often of
apprehensions, as his Sleep about two years ago




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↑was equally disturbed↑ with a sore on his leg tho that gave him
no pain whatever, but he was alarmed with
the idea that it might turn out a Cancer.


The Piles he complained of, are now gone
or at least nearly so. His complaints would no
doubt be lessened by his belly being kept
open, but partly from forgetfulness & partly
from an aversion to medicine, he often
allows, the costiveness to continue too long.
The Anodyne Draught he has never yet
needed, and the Sweating with the powder
is an operation I have delayed, as I am affraid
he would never sumbit to lye under the
sweat
. I have given you every information
I can with regard to Mr Syms complaints.
He is at present using exercise, & in his diet
avoiding every thing he finds disagree with
him, & either the Sulphur & Cream of Tartar
as a laxative, or butter milk of which he
is very fond. If any new directions appear
proper, after this state I shall be happy to
receive them. I beg my respectful Compliments
to Mrs Cullen & your son Dr Cullen


I am Dear Sir with the highest
esteem your obliged humble Servant
William Hamilton

Glasgow
June 5th
1784



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Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Sym of Glasgow
June 1784
V. XVI P. 94

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Dear Sir


I have been so long of answering
your letter about Mr Sym, that I might be
able to inform you of the effects produced by
the blister on his head. The pain it occasioned
was no more than is common, from the
plaister
being kept on, but Mr Sym, from
having born little pain before grew so uneasy
& apprehensive that it was taken off sooner
than I could have wished; He has however
been much better since. The headach tho
certainly in some degree Rheumatic is con¬
nected with the state of his Stomach as it
is increased, by indigestion, or an increase of
his Dyspeptic complaints. It is likewise
much aggravated by his Spirits sinking
and whenever he begins to consider his
Disease as of a very uncommon kind
he then complains more of the pain.
His pulse has all along, been very good, and
I do not find that his appetite is to be
complained of. His want of sleep, is sometimes
the effect of the pain, but I suspect as often of
apprehensions, as his Sleep about two years ago




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↑was equally disturbed↑ with a sore on his leg tho that gave him
no pain whatever, but he was alarmed with
the idea that it might turn out a Cancer.


The Piles he complained of, are now gone
or at least nearly so. His complaints would no
doubt be lessened by his belly being kept
open, but partly from forgetfulness & partly
from an aversion to medicine, he often
allows, the costiveness to continue too long.
The Anodyne Draught he has never yet
needed, and the Sweating with the powder
is an operation I have delayed, as I am affraid
he would never sumbit to lye under the
sweat
. I have given you every information
I can with regard to Mr Syms complaints.
He is at present using exercise, & in his diet
avoiding every thing he finds disagree with
him, & either the Sulphur & Cream of Tartar
as a laxative, or butter milk of which he
is very fond. If any new directions appear
proper, after this state I shall be happy to
receive them. I beg my respectful Compliments
to Mrs Cullen & your son Dr Cullen


I am Dear Sir with the highest
esteem your obliged humble Servt
William Hamilton

Glasgow
June 5th
1784



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Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Sym of Glasgow
June 1784
V. XVI P. 94

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