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

 

[ID:2500] From: George McCallum / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr John Hamilton (Jackie; Hamilton-Dundas) (Patient) / 17 August 1784 / (Incoming)

Letter from George McCallum, concerning the case of 'our little patient' (Master J. Hamilton).

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DOC ID 2500
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1552
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date17 August 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 George McCallum, concerning the case of 'our little patient' (Master J. Hamilton).
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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1834]
Case of 'little John Hamilton', also known familiarly as Master ' Jackie' or 'Jackey', the infant son of John Hamilton-Dundas of Westburn. The boy suffers from 'eruptions' or 'tumours' resembling smallpox, which recur on his feet.
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[PERS ID:1950]Author George McCallum
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3357]PatientMr John Hamilton (Jackie; Hamilton-Dundas)
[PERS ID:1950]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary George McCallum
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3358]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Grizel Hamilton (Hamilton-Dundas)

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Place of Writing South Queensferry (Queensferry) Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Newhalls 17 August 1784
Dear Sir


In my last to you about our little Patient here
I told you that he had sickened some days before an
eruption
on his skin; some of which ripened not unlike
a smallpox; But alas they ended not like that; for they
have suppurated
again & again. The whole of the
tumors
are turned worse & seven or eight are broke &
running; the discharge great & the sores so painfull
especially one on his seat, that he can neither sit nor
ly. Last night he sleept not one wink. His appetite is
much failed
; and is fretfull beyond measure. He will
wear out both him self & his Maid who gets no rest
for him. Notwithstanding of all this I returned him again
to the use of the Bathing & the Bark. He has indeed a
great horrour at the bathing now, and cries bitterly, which
they think is owing to the saltwater biting the
ulcers
.


Mrs Hamilton is here and desires me to tell you all
this; and begs to know if you will advise any thing
to abate the pain of the sores; or if you will order any




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thing to force sleep; in case he shall pass another
night like the last; for without your advice
she will not move one step. Your Answer by tomorrows
evening stage will very much oblige her and


Sir
Your most humble servant
Geo. McCallum



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Master J. Hamilton
Aug-- 1784.
V. XVI P. 137

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Newhalls 17 August 1784
Dr Sir


In my last to you about our little Patient here
I told you that he had sickened some days before an
eruption
on his skin; some of which ripened not unlike
a smallpox; But alas they ended not like that; for they
have suppurated
again & again. The whole of the
tumors
are turned worse & seven or eight are broke &
running; the discharge great & the sores so painfull
especially one on his seat, that he can neither sit nor
ly. Last night he sleept not one wink. His appetite is
much failed
; and is fretfull beyond measure. He will
wear out both him self & his Maid who gets no rest
for him. Notwithstanding of all this I returned him again
to the use of the Bathing & the Bark. He has indeed a
great horrour at the bathing now, and cries bitterly, which
they think is owing to the saltwater biting the
ulcers
.


Mrs Hamilton is here and desires me to tell you all
this; and begs to know if you will advise any thing
to abate the pain of the sores; or if you will order any




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thing to force sleep; in case he shall pass another
night like the last; for without your advice
she will not move one step. Your Answer by tomorrows
evening stage will very much oblige her and


Sir
Your most humble servant
Geo. McCallum



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Doctor Cullen
Edr


Master J. Hamilton
Aug-- 1784.
V. XVI P. 137

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