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

 

[ID:2943] From: Mr David Gregory (Gregorie) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr David Gregory (Gregorie) (Patient) / 19 December 1786 / (Incoming)

Letter from David Gregorie, concerning his own case. He also reports the birth of his grandson, 'persuaded that you would share in our satisfaction on that occasion'.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 2943
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1976
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date19 December 1786
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 David Gregorie, concerning his own case. He also reports the birth of his grandson, 'persuaded that you would share in our satisfaction on that occasion'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1924]
Case of David Gregorie at Dunkirk who has suffered a paralytic stroke.
16


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:3344]AuthorMr David Gregory (Gregorie)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3344]PatientMr David Gregory (Gregorie)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5582]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Gregory (Gregorie)
[PERS ID:3346]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Catharine Gregory (Gregorie)
[PERS ID:5578]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Fraser Tytler
[PERS ID:5579]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Gregory (Gregorie)
[PERS ID:5580]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend Gregory

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Dunkirk (Dunkerque) France France Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred

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Dunkirk 19 December 1786
Dear Sir


I some days ago requested of my Niece Mrs Fraser Tytler to
acquaint you that my daughter in Law was safely delivered of a
son, perswaded that you would share in our satisfaction on that
occasion - she has hitherto had a very good recovery and makes an
excellent Nurse - the young Man healthy & strong -


I have myself within these few days been atacked with a
Paralitick affection
or something like a stroke of the Palsy, which
affects my left side & at first my head by a diziness like to that
of a drunken Man
, but this soon subsided and left a heavy pain
in the head
- my left Arm & legg were benumbed, so that I had
not the usual Command of them - As it was late in the evening
I went to bed - slept tollerable well, but suffered a good deal by
the head ache which was heavier & duller than usual - I consulted
a surgeon next day /for Phisicians we have none/ who convinced
me of the necessity of being blooded at the Arm - the blood was
remarkably thick
and next day appeared as much inflamed
as that of a Man in a high fever, yet had a moderate
quantity of serum of a yellow hue - I then took a Vomit
of Ipecocuana infused in warm Water, which worked passing




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well & indeed served likewise for a doze of Phisick - the 2d & 3d
nights my sleep was much broken &the heaviness in the head
continued - I therefore had a large blister applied betwixt my
shoulders
, which has lightened my head very much & has
induced me to keep it open for some days and hitherto it
suppurates copiously - My left Arm & legg are by degrees come
more under my command and are indeed almost quite well -
I drink a bottle of thin Whey clarify'd ev're day and take a
spoonful of Mustard seed - eat a great deal of horse Radish
& water cresses, and ride out 10 or 12 Myles a day in a carriage
when the weather will permit - I ought perhaps to tell you that
I caught a severe cold in August last attended with a cough by
which a good Deal of viscous humour was discharged from the
lungs
- the use of Gum Pil & sirop of boiled Lemon sugar
Candy
& clarify'd honey brought on a looseness, which I rather
encouraged, but at lenth pulled me down so much that I
discontinued these remedy's & this by degrees regained my ordinary
habit of body - I have ever since been very well & perfectly free
of the cough - perhaps the viscous humor that used to affect my
lungs
has by the forementioned evacuation been thrown into
the blood, or perhaps I am writing nonsense upon the subject -
I come to request your good advice for my future conduct, which
will give singular satisfaction to my son & daughter who both

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join me in kind Compliments to you & yours - I am respectfully [End of margin text]

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Your most obedient humble servant [End of margin text]
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David Gregorie [End of margin text]

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My eldest son is not yet returned from his late excursion
to Britain [End of margin text]

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Dunkirk 19 Decemb 1786
Dear Sir


I some days ago requested of my Niece Mrs Fraser Tytler to
acquaint you that my daughter in Law was safely delivered of a
son, perswaded that you would share in our satisfaction on that
occasion - she has hitherto had a very good recovery and makes an
excellent Nurse - the young Man healthy & strong -


I have myself within these few days been atacked with a
Paralitick affection
or something like a stroke of the Palsy, which
affects my left side & at first my head by a diziness like to that
of a drunken Man
, but this soon subsided and left a heavy pain
in the head
- my left Arm & legg were benumbed, so that I had
not the usual Command of them - As it was late in the evening
I went to bed - slept tollerable well, but suffered a good deal by
the head ache which was heavier & duller than usual - I consulted
a surgeon next day /for Phisicians we have none/ who convinced
me of the necessity of being blooded at the Arm - the blood was
remarkably thick
and next day appeared as much inflamed
as that of a Man in a high fever, yet had a moderate
quantity of serum of a yellow hue - I then took a Vomit
of Ipecocuana infused in warm Water, which worked passing




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well & indeed served likewise for a doze of Phisick - the 2d & 3d
nights my sleep was much broken &the heaviness in the head
continued - I therefore had a large blister applied betwixt my
shoulders
, which has lightened my head very much & has
induced me to keep it open for some days and hitherto it
suppurates copiously - My left Arm & legg are by degrees come
more under my command and are indeed almost quite well -
I drink a bottle of thin Whey clarify'd ev're day and take a
spoonful of Mustard seed - eat a great deal of horse Radish
& water cresses, and ride out 10 or 12 Myles a day in a carriage
when the weather will permit - I ought perhaps to tell you that
I caught a severe cold in August last attended with a cough by
which a good Deal of viscous humour was discharged from the
lungs
- the use of Gum Pil & sirop of boiled Lemon sugar
Candy
& clarify'd honey brought on a looseness, which I rather
encouraged, but at lenth pulled me down so much that I
discontinued these remedy's & this by degrees regained my ordinary
habit of body - I have ever since been very well & perfectly free
of the cough - perhaps the viscous humor that used to affect my
lungs
has by the forementioned evacuation been thrown into
the blood, or perhaps I am writing nonsense upon the subject -
I come to request your good advice for my future conduct, which
will give singular satisfaction to my son & daughter who both

[Start of margin text]
join me in kind Compliments to you & yours - I am respectfully [End of margin text]

[Start of margin text]
Your most obed humb servt [End of margin text]
[Start of margin text]
David Gregorie [End of margin text]

[Start of margin text]
My eldest son is not yet returned from his late excursion
to Britain [End of margin text]

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