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

 

[ID:2498] From: Mr William Home / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss (Patient) / 17 August 1784 / (Incoming)

Letter from W. Home, concerning the case of an unnamed female patient. Despite Cullen's advice, the patient's leucorrhoea continues and is now accompanied by flushes of heat over her body. Home wishes to know whether Cullen's former advice should be persisted in, or whether he would make any alterations.

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DOC ID 2498
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1550
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date17 August 1784
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from W. Home, concerning the case of an unnamed female patient. Despite Cullen's advice, the patient's leucorrhoea continues and is now accompanied by flushes of heat over her body. Home wishes to know whether Cullen's former advice should be persisted in, or whether he would make any alterations.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
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[Case ID:1672]
Case of an unnamed, unmarried female patient, between thirty and forty years of age, with menstrual problems, as reported by William Home. By 1784 she has developed lumbago.
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[PERS ID:2139]AuthorMr William Home
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:4915]PatientMiss
[PERS ID:2139]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Home
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Norham North-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain

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Norham August 17th. 1784

Sir


I wrote to you some months
ago the case of a Lady who was affected
with the Fluor Albus; I hinted in that
letter that she had taken the Limatur.
Martis and Bark, and was some
better by their use, that a disagreable
circumstance happening in the family
and giving her much uneasiness,
brought on a copious flux of the Menses
that the Leucorrhœa was more constant
and in larger quantity after it, than
before -- upon which you advised the
use of the Balsam of Capivi, pouring cold
water upon the back, constant tho
gentle Exercise on horseback, a diet
consisting of a good deal of milk,
abstining of a good deal of milk,
abstinence from Tea, Coffee, Wine, Fish,
lying during menstruation in an
horizontal posture &c. All these have
been most punctually followed for five
or six Months and the Balsam increas↑ed↑



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to four times the quantity you first
ordered; but tho she now & then ap¬
peared a little better, yet the discharge
still continues in considerable
quantity, her appetite but indifferent
& the debility she complained of not
much releived. -- Six weeks ago she
was seized with Lumbago, which
was attended with a pretty full pulse
considerable thirst & a great degree
of heat upon the parts but in a few
days it went off & the cold water
was poured upon her as before -
If you therefore think proper that the
same plan should be continued or
if you chuse to make any alteration
in respect to Medicine, I will be
much obliged to you for your further
advice first opportunity. The dis¬
charge
will now go off several days
& return. She complains of flushes
of
heat over her body & heat in her
hands & feet, which are sometimes


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seized with a swelling which does not continue
long. Please accept a Guinea. I am


Sir
Your most obedient humble Servant

W. Home


direct at
Norham by Berwick
upon Tweed




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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr. William Home
Concerning a Lady
August 1784
V. XVI P.148

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Norham Augt. 17th. 1784

Sir


I wrote to you some months
ago the case of a Lady who was affected
with the Fluor Albus; I hinted in that
letter that she had taken the Limatur.
Martis and Bark, and was some
better by their use, that a disagreable
circumstance happening in the family
and giving her much uneasiness,
brought on a copious flux of ye. Menses
that ye. Leucorrhœa was more constant
and in larger quantity after it, than
before -- upon which you advised the
use of the Bals. Copaiba, pouring cold
water upon the back, constant tho
gentle Exercise on horseback, a diet
consisting of a good deal of milk,
abstining of a good deal of milk,
abstinence from Tea, Coffee, Wine, Fish,
lying during menstruation in an
horizontal posture &c. All these have
been most punctually followed for five
or six Months and the Balsam increas↑ed↑



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to four times the quantity you first
ordered; but tho she now & then ap¬
peared a little better, yet the discharge
still continues in considerable
quantity, her appetite but indifferent
& the debility she complained of not
much releived. -- Six weeks ago she
was seized with Lumbago, which
was attended with a pretty full pulse
considerable thirst & a great degree
of heat upon the parts but in a few
days it went off & the cold water
was poured upon her as before -
If you therefore think proper that the
same plan should be continued or
if you chuse to make any alteration
in respect to Medicine, I will be
much obliged to you for your further
advice first opportunity. The dis¬
charge
will now go off several days
& return. She complains of flushes
of
heat over her body & heat in her
hands & feet, which are sometimes


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seized with a swelling which does not continue
long. Please accept a Guinea. I am


Sir
Your most obdt. hble. Servt.

W. Home


direct at
Norham by Berwick
upon Tweed




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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr. William Home
C. a Lady
Augt. 1784
V. XVI P.148

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