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

 

[ID:2509] From: Mr William Wightman / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Mary Renton (Patient) / 9 September 1784 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Wightman, concerning the case of Mr Renton's daughter, Miss Mary.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2509
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1561
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date9 September 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 Wightman, concerning the case of Mr Renton's daughter, Miss Mary.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:725]
Case of Miss Mary Renton who has a cough accompanied by chest and shoulder pains.
9


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:2385]AuthorMr William Wightman
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3065]PatientMiss Mary Renton
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2385]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Wightman
[PERS ID:3104]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Renton
[PERS ID:3093]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Renton

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Eyemouth (Eymouth) Borders Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain

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Dear Sir


I again trouble you at the request of Mr. Renton, whose ex¬
treme Anxiety about his Daughter, & the progress of whose disease
you will easily conceive -


Having seen her yourself, you would have an Opportunity
of examining minutely into every Symptom, and among the
rest the nature of the Expectoration, which ever since I saw her
hath been either simply frothy, or frothy mixed with blood, or a
Gross pale yellow stuff sometimes ill tasted, not a day passes which
she spits up some of this last, and which I have not the smallest
doubt is really purulent, the fatal Termination of which Cases
daily Experience but too sadly convinces us of --


The other Symptoms are such as may be expected, Pulse varying
from 100 to 120
- heat considerably greater than natural - Night¬
Sweats
which last Symptoms hath been very troublesome and
weakening, and which she wishes much to have moderated,
Some days she enjoys considerable ease and as in all these
cases at that time indulges great hopes -- Since I wrote you



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last, she continued free from any Appearance of the Inflammatory
Stricture about the Breast till Tuesday, when the tightness &
feverish fitts began again - Bleeding doth not seem to have
afforded her the Relief it formerly did --


Till this last Attack she had been so easy as to imagine herself
getting well, She rode out every day which agreed extra¬
ordinary well with her, The Regimen, along with the Asses
Milk strictly adhered to, the Issue kept running -
The Menses made their Appearance - Cough was loose &
the Expectoration easy - so that the Morning Sweats were
what She herself thought most uneasy. ----


This Account is transmitted to you at the earnest desire of the
fondest Parents anxious about the Fate of a Beloved (and most
deserving) Daughter, and Mr. Renton desires me to tell
you that if any Symptom shall occur, that may render
it necessary to Apply to you again, that either he or his Son
are to be in Edinburgh in a few Weeks, & will then wait on you


I am Most Respectfully
Dear Sir Your very Obedient Servant

William Wightman

Eymouth September 9th.
1784



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Doctor William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


Mr. William Wightman
Concerning Miss Renton
September 1784
V. XVI p. 166

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir


I again trouble you at the request of Mr. Renton, whose ex¬
treme Anxiety about his Daughter, & the progress of whose disease
you will easily conceive -


Having seen her yourself, you would have an Opportunity
of examining minutely into every Symptom, and among the
rest the nature of the Expectoration, which ever since I saw her
hath been either simply frothy, or frothy mixed with blood, or a
Gross pale yellow stuff sometimes ill tasted, not a day passes which
she spits up some of this last, and which I have not the smallest
doubt is really purulent, the fatal Termination of which Cases
daily Experience but too sadly convinces us of --


The other Symptoms are such as may be expected, Pulse varying
from 100 to 120
- heat considerably greater than natural - Night¬
Sweats
which last Symptoms hath been very troublesome and
weakening, and which she wishes much to have moderated,
Some days she enjoys considerable ease and as in all these
cases at that time indulges great hopes -- Since I wrote you



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last, she continued free from any Appearance of the Inflammatory
Stricture about the Breast till Tuesday, when the tightness &
feverish fitts began again - Bleeding doth not seem to have
afforded her the Relief it formerly did --


Till this last Attack she had been so easy as to imagine herself
getting well, She rode out every day which agreed extra¬
ordinary well with her, The Regimen, along with the Asses
Milk strictly adhered to, the Issue kept running -
The Menses made their Appearance - Cough was loose &
the Expectoration easy - so that the Morning Sweats were
what She herself thought most uneasy. ----


This Account is transmitted to you at the earnest desire of the
fondest Parents anxious about the Fate of a Beloved (and most
deserving) Daughter, and Mr. Renton desires me to tell
you that if any Symptom shall occur, that may render
it necessary to Apply to you again, that either he or his Son
are to be in Edinr. in a few Weeks, & will then wait on you


I am Most Respectfully
Dear Sir Your very Obedt Servant

Wm Wightman

Eymouth Septr. 9th.
1784



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Doctor William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


Mr. Willm. Wightman
C. Miss Renton
Septr. 1784
V. XVI p. 166

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