Cullen

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

 

[ID:286] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr Alexander Taylor (Sanders) / Regarding: Mr James Orr (Patient) / 5 March 1782 / (Outgoing)

Letter to 'Sanders' [Alexander Taylor], concerning James Orr. Cullen believes his disease to be a suppuration in the liver. He provides a recipe for antiseptic pills. He writes regarding Spanish Sea Salt (also called 'Bay Salt' or 'Great Salt)' that 'as the people of Greenock have it imported for curing their Herrings for the West India Market, you can easily procure a small parcel for your use'. He says he will stop in Paisley on his way back from visiting Craigends.

Facsimile

There are 3 images for this document.

[Page 1]


 

[Page 2]


 

[Page 3]


 
 

Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 286
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/14/175
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date5 March 1782
Annotation None
TypeMachine scribal copy
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter to 'Sanders' [Alexander Taylor], concerning James Orr. Cullen believes his disease to be a suppuration in the liver. He provides a recipe for antiseptic pills. He writes regarding Spanish Sea Salt (also called 'Bay Salt' or 'Great Salt)' that 'as the people of Greenock have it imported for curing their Herrings for the West India Market, you can easily procure a small parcel for your use'. He says he will stop in Paisley on his way back from visiting Craigends.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:553]
Case of James Orr who has a venereal infection in 1778, but by 1782 has abdominal complaints and various bodily pains which Cullen eventually attributes to a disordered liver.
13


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:207]AddresseeDr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)
[PERS ID:210]PatientMr James Orr
[PERS ID:207]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:742]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendLord (Judge) Robert Cullen (Lord Cullen)
[PERS ID:504]OtherMr Alexander Cuninghame (Cunninghame; of Craigends)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Paisley Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Paisley Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Craigends Houston (Houstoun) Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

Normalized Text

[Page 1]
Mr James Orr.
Dear Sir


I am favoured with yours
concerning Mr James Orr and tho I expect to be at
Paisley in the Course of this week where I may con¬
sult the Matter more fully, my Sons particular
regard for that Gentleman engages me to write
you in Course. 1


I am well persuaded that the disease is in the
Liver
and that there is a Suppuration now going
on there, and that therefore neither bleeding nor
blistering are further admissable, nor even purging
further than is necessary
to keep the belly regular
by a little Magnesia or Creme of Tartar.


When I come to Paisley I shall consider every
thing more minutely and in the mean time let
him keep as much as he can to a Milk Diet
and try the Pills prescribed on the other page.


The Spanish Sea Salt is that kind



[Page 2]

of Sea Salt which we commonly call Bay Salt
or Great Salt
; and we have the most part of it
from Spain. I prescribed it as the most pure and
perfect Sea Salt, that we can have in this Country
and as the people of Greenock have it imported
for curring their Herrings for the West India
Market, you can easily procure a small parcel
for your use. I am always very much

Dear Sanders yours
William Cullen
Edinburgh March 5. 1782.


I expect to pass through Paisley in my way to
Craigends on Thursday, but cannot stop then
but I propose to return on Friday and pass an
hour or two or three hours in Paisley.




[Page 3]
For Mr James Orr

Take 3 drachms of Liquorice extract. Having cut it into very small pieces, pour over enough spring water to soften it and crush it into a pulp, to which add a drachm of Myrrh, previously rubbed into a fine powder, and with enough spring water to make a mass to be divided into pills of 5 grains each. Label: Antiseptic Pills, three to be taken every night at bedtime.

W.C.
March 5. 1782

Notes:

1: Although it is not stated which of the physician's sons is being referred to, because James Orr is in the legal profession, it has been assumed that he is a friend of Robert Cullen.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Mr James Orr.
Dear Sir


I am favoured with yours
concerning Mr James Orr and tho I expect to be at
Paisley in the Course of this week where I may con¬
sult the Matter more fully, my Sons particular
regard for that Gentleman engages me to write
you in Course. 1


I am well persuaded that the disease is in the
Liver
and that there is a Suppuration now going
on there, and that therefore neither bleeding nor
blistering are further admissable, nor even purging
further than is necessary
to keep the belly regular
by a little Magnesia or Creme of Tartar.


When I come to Paisley I shall consider every
thing more minutely and in the mean time let
him keep as much as he can to a Milk Diet
and try the Pills prescribed on the other page.


The Sal Marinus Hispanus is that kind



[Page 2]

of Sea Salt which we commonly call Bay Salt
or Great Salt
; and we have the most part of it
from Spain. I prescribed it as the most pure and
perfect Sea Salt, that we can have in this Country
and as the people of Greenock have it imported
for curring their Herrings for the West India
Market, you can easily procure a small parcel
for your use. I am always very much

Dear Sanders yours
William Cullen
Edinr March 5. 1782.


I expect to pass through Paisley in my way to
Craigends on Thursday, but cannot stop then
but I propose to return on Friday and pass an
hour or two or three hours in Paisley.




[Page 3]
For Mr James Orr


Extract. glycyrrhiz ʒiij
In frustula conciso affunde Aq. font
q. s. ut mollescat et contundatur in
pulpam cui adde
Myrrh. prius in pulv. ten. trit. ʒj
et cum Aq. font. q. s. ut fiat Massa
dividenda in pilul. ing. gr V.
Sig. Antiseptic Pills, three to be
taken every night at bedtime.

W.C.
March 5. 1782

Notes:

1: Although it is not stated which of the physician's sons is being referred to, because James Orr is in the legal profession, it has been assumed that he is a friend of Robert Cullen.

XML

XML file not yet available.

Feedback

Send us specfic feeback about this document [DOC ID:286]

Type
Comments
 

Please note that the Cullen Project team have now disbanded but your comments will be logged in our system and we will look at them one day...