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

 

[ID:2567] From: Dr Alexander Taylor (Sanders) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs Orr (Patient), Mr Stuart (Patient) / 26 February 1785 / (Incoming)

Letter from Alexander Taylor, concerning the case of Mrs Orr. As well as reporting on her symptoms, Taylor also asks Cullen about the case of Mr Stuart's concussion.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 2567
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1616
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date26 February 1785
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 Alexander Taylor, concerning the case of Mrs Orr. As well as reporting on her symptoms, Taylor also asks Cullen about the case of Mr Stuart's concussion.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1404]
Case of Mrs Orr who is giddy from pains coming down from the crown of the head.
4
[Case ID:2138]
Case of Mr Stuart who dies of a concussion.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:207]AuthorDr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3260]PatientMr Stuart
[PERS ID:3259]PatientMrs Orr
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:207]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Paisley Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Paisley Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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Sir


Mrs. Orr grows no
better - a few days after return
from Edinburgh She was attacked with
a pain which began in the Crown
of her head
and extended down to
her throat producing a degree of
Strangulation - this pain did not
come up like wind from the Sto¬
mach
but down from the head - it
did not last long at a time but it's
returns were pretty frequent &
very distressing and during it's con¬
tinuance her face felt hot and flushd



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flushed - this Complaint has of late
become more easy being more slight
and seldom; but the giddiness con¬
tinues as bad as ever and she finds her
head heavier than usual for when it lies
to one side it requires an unusual
exertion to bring it upright and she
feels likewise a heaviness in the upper
part of the balls of her eyes
which
hinders their motions from being perform¬
ed with the same ease as formerly -
in every thing else she is just as when
you saw her - we beg to know what
further you have to advise and whether
she is to persist in the use of her pre¬
sent Medicines - she wishes much to
know too how long your own giddiness
continued --- I had almost forgot


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to inform you of some pains she complains
of in her breast - these are not severe, nor
constant nor increased by deep inspira¬
tion nor Coughing nor motion of any
kind: indeed she has no Cough.


I beg pardon for troubling you with
what is foreign to our Consultation but
I wish much to know whether Mr. Stuart's
case is singular or if you have known of
many instances of fatal Concussion whe[n]
no stupor appeared for days after
injury - Stuart had no stupor nor in¬
consistency in speaking
till the night
before his death - he was not even at
the time knocked down by the blows or
for a moment disabled from speaking and
presently after went upon his feet up
two stairs to his house.

I am Sir
your most humble Servant
Alexr. Taylor
Paisley 26 february 1785.



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Dr. William Cullen
Professor of Physic
Edinburgh


Mr. Taylor
Concerning Mrs Orr
February 1785
V. XVI. p. 314

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Sir


Mrs. Orr grows no
better - a few days after return
from Edinr. She was attacked with
a pain which began in the Crown
of her head
and extended down to
her throat producing a degree of
Strangulation - this pain did not
come up like wind from the Sto¬
mach
but down from the head - it
did not last long at a time but it's
returns were pretty frequent &
very distressing and during it's con¬
tinuance her face felt hot and flushd



[Page 2]

flushed - this Complaint has of late
become more easy being more slight
and seldom; but the giddiness con¬
tinues as bad as ever and she finds her
head heavier than usual for when it lies
to one side it requires an unusual
exertion to bring it upright and she
feels likewise a heaviness in the upper
part of the balls of her eyes
which
hinders their motions from being perform¬
ed with the same ease as formerly -
in every thing else she is just as when
you saw her - we beg to know what
further you have to advise and whether
she is to persist in the use of her pre¬
sent Medicines - she wishes much to
know too how long your own giddiness
continued --- I had almost forgot


[Page 3]

to inform you of some pains she complains
of in her breast - these are not severe, nor
constant nor increased by deep inspira¬
tion nor Coughing nor motion of any
kind: indeed she has no Cough.


I beg pardon for troubling you with
what is foreign to our Consultation but
I wish much to know whether Mr. Stuart's
case is singular or if you have known of
many instances of fatal Concussion whe[n]
no stupor appeared for days after
injury - Stuart had no stupor nor in¬
consistency in speaking
till the night
before his death - he was not even at
the time knocked down by the blows or
for a moment disabled from speaking and
presently after went upon his feet up
two stairs to his house.

I am Sir
your most humble Servt.
Alexr. Taylor
Paisley 26 febr. 1785.



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Dr. William Cullen
Professor of Physic
Edinr.


Mr. Taylor
C. Mrs Orr
Feby. 1785
V. XVI. p. 314

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