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

 

[ID:2516] From: Mr William Wightman / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Mary Renton (Patient) / 15 September 1784 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Wightman, concerning the case of Miss Mary Renton. Miss Mary suffers from feverish fits of heat, copious sweats, complains of pain extending from the middle of the breast to the left side, and abnormal expectoration.

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DOC ID 2516
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1567
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date15 September 1784
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Letter of Introduction No
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Summary Letter from William Wightman, concerning the case of Miss Mary Renton. Miss Mary suffers from feverish fits of heat, copious sweats, complains of pain extending from the middle of the breast to the left side, and abnormal expectoration.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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


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

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Place of Writing Eyemouth (Eymouth) Borders Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


Not having heard from you in answer to my Letter of the 9th.
Current, I write you this at Mr. Rentons earnest Request; and
to which you may return him or me such answer as you
think the present Case admits of.


The bleeding on the 8th. not having procured that Relief to
Miss M. Rentons Complaints it had formerly done, it was
repeted on the 11th. to the quantity of five or Six Ounces each
time which was as much as her Strength would well
bear, it did however produce but small advantage, She
hath two or three times a day attacks of hot feverish fitts, with
uneasy breathing, & sometimes she complains of a pain extending
from the middle of the breast to the left Side, these hot fitts
are generally succeded by Copious Sweats which procure Relief,
but have considerable Weakness - Expectoration some part of
the day is mixed with blood, at other times frothy, at other
times a pale yellow Gross ill-tasted Stuff is Spit up -


Pulse varies from 108 to 120. Today She was taken out in



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a Chaise & driven slowly for about a Mile, which she made Shift
to bear tolerably well


This is I think pretty nearly Miss Rentons present Situation,
a Situation so truly alarming & full of danger as to rouse
all the Feelings of Parents, & make them eagerly apply to
that Channel from which they think any Advice can be
got that may suggest any possible means of Relief.


I am Respectfully Sir Your very Obedient Servant

William Wightman

Eymouth September 15th.
1784



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Doctor William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


Mr. William Wightman
Concerning Miss Renton
September 1784

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Dr. Sir


Not having heard from you in answer to my Letter of the 9th.
Currt., I write you this at Mr. Rentons earnest Request; and
to which you may return him or me such answer as you
think the present Case admits of.


The bleeding on the 8th. not having procured that Relief to
Miss M. Rentons Complaints it had formerly done, it was
repeted on the 11th. to the quantity of five or Six Ounces each
time which was as much as her Strength would well
bear, it did however produce but small advantage, She
hath two or three times a day attacks of hot feverish fitts, with
uneasy breathing, & sometimes she complains of a pain extending
from the middle of the breast to the left Side, these hot fitts
are generally succeded by Copious Sweats which procure Relief,
but have considerable Weakness - Expectoration some part of
the day is mixed with blood, at other times frothy, at other
times a pale yellow Gross ill-tasted Stuff is Spit up -


Pulse varies from 108 to 120. Today She was taken out in



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a Chaise & driven slowly for about a Mile, which she made Shift
to bear tolerably well


This is I think pretty nearly Miss Rentons present Situation,
a Situation so truly alarming & full of danger as to rouse
all the Feelings of Parents, & make them eagerly apply to
that Channel from which they think any Advice can be
got that may suggest any possible means of Relief.


I am Respectfully Sir Your very Obedt. Servt

Wm. Wightman

Eymouth Sept. 15th.
1784



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Doctor William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


Mr. Wm. Wightman
C Miss Renton
Septr. 1784

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