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

 

[ID:253] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr William Ingham / Regarding: Miss Mary Peareth (Pearith, Peariths) (Patient) / 17 January 1782 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'Mr Ingham C[oncerning] Miss Peariths'. With Cullen's diagram for the stretcher for use in coaches.

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DOC ID 253
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/14/139
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date17 January 1782
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Summary Reply 'Mr Ingham C[oncerning] Miss Peariths'. With Cullen's diagram for the stretcher for use in coaches.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:52]
Case of Miss Mary Peareth who has a painful bladder condition.
25


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:82]AddresseeMr William Ingham
[PERS ID:80]PatientMiss Mary Peareth (Pearith, Peariths)
[PERS ID:81]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Richard Lambert
[PERS ID:82]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Ingham
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe inferred
Therapeutic Recommendation Hotwells South-West England Europe certain

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Mr Ingham Concerning Miss Peariths.

Dear Sir,


The obstinacy of Miss M. Peariths
ailment gives me very great concern, I am still of opinion
that the Hotwell at Bristol 1 may be of Service but I fully
apprehend the difficulty of carrying there [both?] from the pain
which motion of all kinds gives her and from the State of the
season. The first I have upon many occasions obviated by
laying the person upon a bed in a coach. A frame of this form

[DIAGRAM APPEARS HERE]


is to be laid diagonally in a coach adapting the extremities very
exactly to the opposite corners. The breadth of the frame two feet made
of wood an inch and half thick or two and half deep with a joint in the
[m]iddle of the length to allow it to fold for being easily taken in and
out. She is to be covered with a firm canvas. Upon this frame a hair
mattress of the same shape is to be laid. Upon this a person lies along
with the head to one or t'other end as the carriage is going up or
down hill. In this manner I have had persons of great weakness carried
to some hundred miles and almost without feeling the motion of the
{illeg} and when on account of pain they could not bear the motion



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of a carriage in any other situation. I hope you will easily
understand my description and if you shall ever have occasions
to execute it you will find it surprizingly convenient. I hope you
will find it answer the purpose of transporting Miss Pearith
to Bristol whenever it shall be thought proper to carry ↑her↑ there.
But I am ↑not↑ willing to urge that at this season nor till the
days are ↑a↑ good deal longer which I think very necessary to slow
travellers. For the meantime I would wish to try her with the
Cicuta, for the management of which I need not offer any parti¬
cular directions either to you or Mr Lambert. One thing I
will say that is my opinion you should not acquaint either
herself or friends with the name of the remedy employed least
they might have an opinion wither of the danger or inutility
of it. You have not been explicit enough to let me know
whether you ever employed the Extractum Hyoscyami. As
I suspect you may be still obliged to employ both Anodynes
and Laxatives I am persuaded that the Extract I speak of might
be a desireable medicine. With respectfull Compliments to Mrs
Pearith & family and to Mr Lambert I am Sincerely Dear Sir Your servant


Edinburgh 17 January 1782

William Cullen

Notes:

1: Fashionable natural mineral well, in the Avon Gorge, below Clifton by Bristol.

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Mr Ingham C Miss Peariths.

Dear Sir,


The obstinacy of Miss M. Peariths
ailment gives me very great concern, I am still of opinion
that the Hotwell at Bristol 1 may be of Service but I fully
apprehend the difficulty of carrying there [both?] from the pain
which motion of all kinds gives her and from the State of the
season. The first I have upon many occasions obviated by
laying the person upon a bed in a coach. A frame of this form

[DIAGRAM APPEARS HERE]


is to be laid diagonally in a coach adapting the extremities very
exactly to the opposite corners. The breadth of the frame two feet made
of wood an inch and half thick or two and half deep with a joint in the
[m]iddle of the length to allow it to fold for being easily taken in and
out. She is to be covered with a firm canvas. Upon this frame a hair
mattress of the same shape is to be laid. Upon this a person lies along
with the head to one or t'other end as the carriage is going up or
down hill. In this manner I have had persons of great weakness carried
to some hundred miles and almost without feeling the motion of the
{illeg} and when on account of pain they could not bear the motion



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of a carriage in any other situation. I hope you will easily
understand my description and if you shall ever have occasions
to execute it you will find it surprizingly convenient. I hope you
will find it answer the purpose of transporting Miss Pearith
to Bristol whenever it shall be thought proper to carry ↑her↑ there.
But I am ↑not↑ willing to urge that at this season nor till the
days are ↑a↑ good deal longer which I think very necessary to slow
travellers. For the meantime I would wish to try her with the
Cicuta, for the management of which I need not offer any parti¬
cular directions either to you or Mr Lambert. One thing I
will say that is my opinion you should not acquaint either
herself or friends with the name of the remedy employed least
they might have an opinion wither of the danger or inutility
of it. You have not been explicit enough to let me know
whether you ever employed the Extractum Hyoscyami. As
I suspect you may be still obliged to employ both Anodynes
and Laxatives I am persuaded that the Extract I speak of might
be a desireable medicine. With respectfull Compliments to Mrs
Pearith & family and to Mr Lambert I am Sincerely Dr Sir Your svt


Edr. 17 Jan 1782

William Cullen

Notes:

1: Fashionable natural mineral well, in the Avon Gorge, below Clifton by Bristol.

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