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

 

[ID:2560] From: Dr John Stewart / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs (Patient) / 7 February 1785 / (Incoming)

Letter from Cullen's former student, John Stewart, concerning the case of a 27 year-old woman, whose second husband died of phthisis and the pox 4 years ago. She gave birth to a child, now dead, that the attending physician called 'one of the worst venereal cases in Children that ever had come under his care', although he claimed she herself was not infected. She has since remarried and had a healthy child, but she is now suffering from symptoms of phthisis and other ailments.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2560
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1609
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date7 February 1785
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Cullen's former student, John Stewart, concerning the case of a 27 year-old woman, whose second husband died of phthisis and the pox 4 years ago. She gave birth to a child, now dead, that the attending physician called 'one of the worst venereal cases in Children that ever had come under his care', although he claimed she herself was not infected. She has since remarried and had a healthy child, but she is now suffering from symptoms of phthisis and other ailments.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1846]
Case of an unnamed female patient with a bad cough. Despite showing no signs of venereal infection she once gave birth to a child who the attending physician called 'one of the worst venereal cases in Children that ever had come under his care'.
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[PERS ID:4256]AuthorDr John Stewart
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:4257]PatientMrs
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5628]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr
[PERS ID:4256]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr John Stewart
[PERS ID:4261]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend
[PERS ID:4323]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend
[PERS ID:4259]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr

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Place of Writing Southampton London and South-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Hampshire London and South-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Southampton London and South-East England Europe certain

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Southampton February
7th. 1785
My Dear Sir


You will particularly oblige me in
considering the following case


A Lady aged 27 –– Extremely well formed, of
healthy parents, and was herself till
after her marriage, to her second husband
who died of a confirmed Phthisis Pulmonalis
and Pox –– she had a Child by him, it died
a perfect object –– and a Physician of character
that attended the Child, told her friends it
was one of the worst venereal cases in Child¬
ren that ever had come under his care ––
the same Physician declared the mother
of this child not to be infected with the disease
from which reason the Mother never
has taken mercurials –– her 2d. husband
died 4 years ago –– she never has had any
venereal
sore –– tho' constantly affected



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with pains imagined Rheumatic ––
and never well –– Rather more then a
year ago marryed her 3d and present
husband by whom she has now a healthy
stout Child 3 months old ––


In June 1783 was seized the day she ought
to have had her menses with a most
violent Cough
, pain of her left side
and difficulty of breathing, both of which
have continued ever since, and now has
almost every hectic symptom great ex¬
pectoration
/tho not of absolute pus/
night sweats and general debility ––
frequent pains in both the Tibias –– not
as great a waisting as might be expected

with many nevous spasmodic complaints
she has been blooded frequently in small
quantities
used large Blisters keept
open
–– without advantage of any
kind –– Pulse 120 –– sometimes
rather hard
––




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I have put her on a vegetable diet & & and
as nearly followed my much esteemed
masters wishes in hectic fever ––
as in my power –––– also giving her
half a grain of Calcinated Mercury 4 grains of Dr. James' Powders
every night –– Saline Draughts and she should take 20 drops of Vitriolic Elixir three times a day –– You will confer
a singular favour in giving me your
opini[on] on the case – by the return
of post –– I hope it soon may b[e]
in my power to consult you for my
patients –– in the manner I could
wish –––– Your usual goodness to me
I hope ↑will↑ excuse this trouble and
freedom from

Your Affectionate Pupil
J Stewart


Please address to Dr. Stewart
Southampton
Hants––




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Dr. Cullen
Edinburgh


Dr. John Stewart
Concerning a Lady
February 1785
V. XVI. p 296

Diplomatic Text

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Southampton Feby.
7th. 1785
My Dear Sir


You will particularly oblige me in
considering the following case


A Lady aged 27 –– Extremely well formed, of
healthy parents, and was herself till
after her marriage, to her second husband
who died of a confirmed Phthisis Pulmonalis
and Pox –– she had a Child by him, it died
a perfect object –– and a Physician of character
that attended the Child, told her friends it
was one of the worst venereal cases in Child¬
ren that ever had come under his care ––
the same Physician declared the mother
of this child not to be infected with the disease
from which reason the Mother never
has taken mercurials –– her 2d. husband
died 4 years ago –– she never has had any
venereal
sore –– tho' constantly affected



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with pains imagined Rheumatic ––
and never well –– Rather more then a
year ago marryed her 3d and present
husband by whom she has now a healthy
stout Child 3 months old ––


In June 1783 was seized the day she ought
to have had her menses with a most
violent Cough
, pain of her left side
and difficulty of breathing, both of which
have continued ever since, and now has
almost every hectic symptom great ex¬
pectoration
/tho not of absolute pus/
night sweats and general debility ––
frequent pains in both the Tibias –– not
as great a waisting as might be expected

with many nevous spasmodic compts.
she has been blooded frequently in small
quantities
used large Blisters keept
open
–– without advantage of any
kind –– Pulse 120 –– sometimes
rather hard
––




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I have put her on a vegetable diet & & and
as nearly followed my much esteemed
masters wishes in hectic fever ––
as in my power –––– also giving her
Mercur. Calcinat. gr.ſs Pulv. Dr. Jacob. gr iv
omni nocte –– Haust. Salin. et [cat?] Elixir
Vitriol. gtt XX ter in die
–– You will confer
a singular favour in giving me your
opini[on] on the case – by the return
of post –– I hope it soon may b[e]
in my power to consult you for my
patients –– in the manner I could
wish –––– Your usual goodness to me
I hope ↑will↑ excuse this trouble and
freedom from

Your Afft. Pupil
J Stewart


Please address to Dr. Stewart
Southampton
Hants––




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Dr. Cullen
Edinr.


Dr. John Stewart
C. a Lady
Feby. 1785
V. XVI. p 296

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