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

 

[ID:2539] From: Mr Archibald Stevenson / To: [ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN] / Regarding: Reverend Archibald Stevenson (of St Madoes) (Patient) / 9 November 1784 / (Incoming)

Letter from Archibald Stevenson to Colin Robertsone, concerning the case of Archibald's father, the Reverend Mr Stevenson. Mr Stevenson had been weakened by a flux, which abated with the combined use of laudanum and powders (identified in letter 2538). Mr Stevenson's skin complaints continue. He has left off the use of the citrinum as it is believed the mercury entered his blood and caused the flux. The sublimate ointment, however, yielded better effects.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2539
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1588b
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date9 November 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 Archibald Stevenson to Colin Robertsone, concerning the case of Archibald's father, the Reverend Mr Stevenson. Mr Stevenson had been weakened by a flux, which abated with the combined use of laudanum and powders (identified in letter 2538). Mr Stevenson's skin complaints continue. He has left off the use of the citrinum as it is believed the mercury entered his blood and caused the flux. The sublimate ointment, however, yielded better effects.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:3989]AuthorMr Archibald Stevenson
[PERS ID:3882]PatientReverend Archibald Stevenson (of St Madoes)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2177]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Colin Robertsone (Robertson)
[PERS ID:3990]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Elizabeth Stevenson
[PERS ID:3989]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Archibald Stevenson
[PERS ID:3991]OtherMrs Robertsone (Robertson)

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Place of Writing St Madoes Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe inferred

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St Madais 9th. November 1784
Dear Sir


The Diarrhœa encreasing on my
Father after the receipt of your favour on Sunday
night I gave him one of the powders about
two o'Clock on Monday morning -- Before four
o'Clock of the same morning the flux had
encreased to so alarming a degree that I thought
it proper to repeat the Doze intermixing
it with seven or eight Drops of Laudanum -
Yesterday forenoon the Diarrhœa which had
all along been unattended with gripes seemd
to yield considerably to the influences of the
powders - and about two o'Clock afternoon
I administered another doze in some mulld



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port wine which disagreeing with his Stomach
that had all along appeard to be much disorder¬
ed He threw up a few hours afterwards -
Since ten o'Clock last night however the flux
has entirely subsided: and we entertain hopes
that it is altog alltogether gone -- Since
friday morning last his Breath and the state
of his mouth have as you might perhaps have
observed been altered - The former becoming
offensive and the latter foul and painful -
There is now a small ulcer on the one side
of it - These symptoms may perhaps lead
to the influence that the Mercury having
entered the Blood has pervaded the system
and perhaps occaisond the flux -- Apprehen¬
sive of this we have thought proper
to suspend the use of unguentum citrinum


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till such time at least as we should have
further directions from you - I am sorry
to say that notwithstanding this severe turn
which has no doubt diminished my Fathers
Strength
very considerably that the itching
is not abated or is at least very little
diminished. Last night it recurrd with con¬
siderable violence on his Back - but was
fortunately removed by the application
of the Sublimate which we have observed
has smarted him much less than the former
preparation that was sent. Whether the
next quantity which you may send aught
therefore to be stronger I shall leave you
to determine. In the mean time what we
had of it is exhausted as are also the Guilands
↑and other↑ Ointment from the application of which last
night He seemed to derive some relief.


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In this situation of Affairs I should think it
not improper to state the matter again to Dr.
Cullen - Of the necessity of this however you will
judge -- Mr. Stevenson proposes calling on you
but lest He should miss you I have thought it
proper to give you the above statement -
I must beg you to send me a glassfull of
the Laudanum as the stock is exhausted -
We propose continuing the Dozes of the Bark
provided his Stomach will receive it -


My Mother joins me in presenting
best wishes to you Mrs. Robertson and
family and I always am with esteem


Dear Sir
Your very obliged Humble
Servant
Arch Stevenson -

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St Madais 9th. Novr. 1784
Dear Sir


The Diarrhœa encreasing on my
Father after the receipt of your favour on Sunday
night I gave him one of the powders about
two o'Clock on Monday morning -- Before four
o'Clock of the same morning the flux had
encreased to so alarming a degree that I thought
it proper to repeat the Doze intermixing
it with seven or eight Drops of Laudanum -
Yesterday forenoon the Diarrhœa which had
all along been unattended with gripes seemd
to yield considerably to the influences of the
powders - and about two o'Clock afternoon
I administered another doze in some mulld



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port wine which disagreeing with his Stomach
that had all along appeard to be much disorder¬
ed He threw up a few hours afterwards -
Since ten o'Clock last night however the flux
has entirely subsided: and we entertain hopes
that it is altog alltogether gone -- Since
friday morning last his Breath and the state
of his mouth have as you might perhaps have
observed been altered - The former becoming
offensive and the latter foul and painful -
There is now a small ulcer on the one side
of it - These symptoms may perhaps lead
to the influence that the Mercury having
entered the Blood has pervaded the system
and perhaps occaisond the flux -- Apprehen¬
sive of this we have thought proper
to suspend the use of unguentum citrinum


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till such time at least as we should have
further directions from you - I am sorry
to say that notwithstanding this severe turn
which has no doubt diminished my Fathers
Strength
very considerably that the itching
is not abated or is at least very little
diminished. Last night it recurrd with con¬
siderable violence on his Back - but was
fortunately removed by the application
of the Sublimate which we have observed
has smarted him much less than the former
preparation that was sent. Whether the
next quantity which you may send aught
therefore to be stronger I shall leave you
to determine. In the mean time what we
had of it is exhausted as are also the Guilands
↑and other↑ Ointmts. from the application of which last
night He seemed to derive some relief.


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In this situation of Affairs I should think it
not improper to state the matter again to Dr.
Cullen - Of the necessity of this however you will
judge -- Mr. Stevenson proposes calling on you
but lest He shd. miss you I have thought it
proper to give you the above statement -
I must beg you to send me a glassfull of
the Laudanum as the stock is exhausted -
We propose continuing the Dozes of the Bark
provided his Stomach will receive it -


My Mother joins me in presenting
best wishes to you Mrs. Robertson and
family and I always am with esteem


Dear Sir
Your very obliged Humble
Servt.
Arch Stevenson -

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