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

 

[ID:2530] From: Dr Colin Robertsone (Robertson) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Reverend Archibald Stevenson (of St Madoes) (Patient) / 26 October 1784 / (Incoming)

Letter from C. Robertstone, concerning the case of Rev. Mr. Stevenson. Robertsone reports Mr Stevenson's inability to use a particular ointment, as 'the smallest things of Mercury externally has had the effect to inflame his body'. Robertsone also writes: "Ledger & Index are safe in J. Stewarts room in Edinr. the lowness of his finances caused him to leave the town so abruptly". Cullen's previous letter makes no mention of this.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2530
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1580
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date26 October 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 C. Robertstone, concerning the case of Rev. Mr. Stevenson. Robertsone reports Mr Stevenson's inability to use a particular ointment, as 'the smallest things of Mercury externally has had the effect to inflame his body'. Robertsone also writes: "Ledger & Index are safe in J. Stewarts room in Edinr. the lowness of his finances caused him to leave the town so abruptly". Cullen's previous letter makes no mention of this.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1691]
Case of the Revd. Archibald Stevenson, who has an eruption all over his body stemming from an issue applied to his shoulders to treat his rheumatism in his neck and head. He subsequently becomes weak with a flux.
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People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:2177]AuthorDr Colin Robertsone (Robertson)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3882]PatientReverend Archibald Stevenson (of St Madoes)
[PERS ID:2177]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Colin Robertsone (Robertson)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3883]Other Physician / SurgeonMr James Stevenson
[PERS ID:3883]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr James Stevenson
[PERS ID:4131]OtherMr J. Stewart

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Place of Writing Perth Mid Scotland 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 Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Sir,


The medicines you advised for Mr. Stevenson
have been carefully used. only the ointment he has
been afraid to meddle with, as repeatedly he has re¬
marked that the smallest things of Mercury externally
has had the effect to inflame his skin & swell his
body. The nitre he persisted in for a long time the
Decoction with the antimonial also he has taken.
We prevailed on him to take a weak dose of Plummer's Pill. There is no very great odds upon him
since I had occasion to mention his situation in
my last in answer to yours; I saw him yesterday
when he resolved to use the unguentum citrinum he has
had a very great discharge from the surface of
the whole body; the chief difference of appearances
now & formerly is that now only a very thin cuticle
comes off not thicker than Gold=beater leaf -- the
parts below being not wet but just moist -- this
thin cuticle is, after sloughing off, very speedily re¬
newed -- the itching is much greater than it was.




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What makes his Brother & me very uneasy about him is
that his body is greatly reduced his flesh much
gone & still that filmy discharge & waste going
on also his strength much impaired.


Yesterday before dinner I measured his pulse; 84.
after he had taken some chicken broth I found
it 76 he had in the forenoon been complaining
of sickness his pulse upon the whole has been
very much the same 80 -- -- 84 & yesterday 76
.


His Brother & I frequently had Mercurials in our
eye, but, for the reason I have mentioned above,
were deterred from employing them. his tongue
is moist as before he has cast the scarf=skin
more than a dozen of times. It is mostly by
injections that he gets ease of his belly.
his rest is very indifferent -- sometimes he tries
to do without the opiate. When the discharge
was great he complained of no pain or smarting



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from the application of any medicines; now he
feels pain even from Saturnine cerate, and
aqua picea smarted him much, from this we were ready
to think the skin in somewhat of a better state.
Your Advice upon the whole case respecting
diet & medicine will be very acceptable to us.
I ever am with the most perfect gratitude
& respect.


Sir,
Your Most Obedient Humble Servant
C. Robertsone
Perth 26th October 1784


Enclosed
Two Guineas


The Ledger & Index are safe in J. Stewarts room
in Edinburgh the lowness of his finances caused him
leave the town so abruptly -- however, I understand
he cleared every thing upon his getting to his
fathers & will deliver or cause to be delivered
the books soon --




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Dr. W. Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


Dr. C. Robertson
Concerning Revd. Mr. Stevenson
October 1784
V. XVI P. 207.

Diplomatic Text

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Sir,


The medicines you advised for Mr. Stevenson
have been carefully used. only the ointment he has
been afraid to meddle with, as repeatedly he has re¬
marked that the smallest things of Mercury externally
has had the effect to inflame his skin & swell his
body. The nitre he persisted in for a long time the
Decoct. with the antimonial also he has taken.
We prevailed on him to take a weak dose of pil.
Plummer
. There is no very great odds upon him
since I had occasion to mention his situation in
my last in answer to yours; I saw him yesterday
when he resolved to use the ung. citrin. he has
had a very great discharge from the surface of
the whole body; the chief difference of appearances
now & formerly is that now only a very thin cuticle
comes off not thicker than Gold=beater leaf -- the
parts below being not wet but just moist -- this
thin cuticle is, after sloughing off, very speedily re¬
newed -- the itching is much greater than it was.




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What makes his Brothr. & me very uneasy about him is
that his body is greatly reduced his flesh much
gone & still that filmy discharge & waste going
on also his strength much impaired.


Yesterday before dinner I measured his pulse; 84.
after he had taken some chicken broth I found
it 76 he had in the forenoon been complaining
of sickness his pulse upon the whole has been
very much the same 80 -- -- 84 & yesterday 76
.


His Brothr & I frequently had Mercurials in our
eye, but, for the reason I have mentioned above,
were deterred from employing them. his tongue
is moist as before he has cast the scarf=skin
more than a dozen of times. It is mostly by
injections that he gets ease of his belly.
his rest is very indifferent -- sometimes he tries
to do without the opiate. When the discharge
was great he complained of no pain or smarting



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from the application of any medicines; now he
feels pain even from Saturnine cerate, and
aq. picea smarted him much, from this we were ready
to think the skin in somewhat of a better state.
Your Advice upon the whole case respecting
diet & medicine will be very acceptable to us.
I ever am with the most perfect gratitude
& respect.


Sir,
Your Most Obt. Hble Serv
C. Robertsone
Perth 26th Octr. 1784


Enclosed
Two Guineas


The Ledger & Index are safe in J. Stewarts room
in Edinr. the lowness of his finances caused him
leave the town so abruptly -- however, I understand
he cleared every thing upon his getting to his
fathers & will deliver or cause to be delivered
the books soon --




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Dr. W. Cullen
Physician
Edinr.


Dr. C. Robertson
C. Revd. Mr. Stevenson
Octr. 1784
V. XVI P. 207.

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