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

 

[ID:2948] From: Dr Robert Wood / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Janet MacDuff (McDuff) (Patient) / 24 December 1786 / (Incoming)

Letter from Robert Wood concerning the case of Janet McDuff. He writes that Miss McDuff's previous anxiety has been worsened by the death of her niece and led to 'insanity' which leaves her in danger of self harm. Wood includes a report of the treatments the patient has undergone and notes she currently lives in 'a very retired country place, attended by two Maids, and is I believe fully better and more tenderly cared for, than she would be in any place of confinement'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2948
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1981
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date24 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 Robert Wood concerning the case of Janet McDuff. He writes that Miss McDuff's previous anxiety has been worsened by the death of her niece and led to 'insanity' which leaves her in danger of self harm. Wood includes a report of the treatments the patient has undergone and notes she currently lives in 'a very retired country place, attended by two Maids, and is I believe fully better and more tenderly cared for, than she would be in any place of confinement'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
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Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1156]
Case of Miss MacDuff: complex set of letters relating to the Macduff family.
6


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:101]AuthorDr Robert Wood
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3262]PatientMiss Janet MacDuff (McDuff)
[PERS ID:101]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Robert Wood
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3263]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend Jacobina Baxter (Jackey; McDuff)
[PERS ID:3264]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Alexander MacDuff (of Bonhard)
[PERS ID:3269]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend Colin Baxter
[PERS ID:3278]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMiss Augusta Baxter

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Bonhard Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Monzievaird (Monivaird) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Perth 24th. December 1786
My Dear Sir


This is delivered you by
Mr. Mcduff of Bonhard a young Gentle¬
man of this Neighbourhood a sister of
his of the age of 21 years, has for some
years past had many consumptive
symptoms
, and along with ↑them↑ a tumour
on the elbow of the right arm, which
at times had appearances of coming
to a suppuration but never did. A small
suppuration
formed on the first joint of
the forefinger of the right hand
, and affect¬
ed the metacarpal bone. This hurt her
spirits and gave her much uneasiness,
She always having a dread of a scrophu¬
lous tendency
. She lived with a Sister
married to Mr Baxter Minister of [Monzie?] (↑Monivaird↑)




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The first and only Child of her Sister died
in April last. She was extremely fond
of her, and ↑the grief for↑ her death added to her
former anxiety of mind disordered her
so much that she became quite me¬
lancholy
, and by the end of July or the
beginning of August was so far gone
that she would have done violence
to herself
. She was blooded vomited and
frequently purged, was blistered on head
and back. Her former delicate habit
required perhaps more tenderness than
was necessary for her present disease.
The insanity continues, but at pre¬
sent is in terror of being murdered.
She is quite inattentive to the natural
evacuations, and is obliged to be keept
in a straight waistcoat She has had only
once an appearance of the menses
.




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She is in a very retired country
place, attended by two Maids, and is
I believe fully better and more tenderly
cared for, than she would be in any
place of confinement. Time often performs
wonders in such cases, but I own my
expectations are not sanguine


Mr McDuff and I Both wish to have
Your opinion and advice.


I beg to present My best Respects to
You and Family, and I am with
much regard


Dear Sir
Your Most Obedient
and Most Humble Servant
Rob Wood



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To
Dr. William Cullen
Physician in
Edinburgh


Miss Macduff
of Bonhard
Jany. (December) 1786
[VXIX P.?]
V. XVIII. p. 366

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Perth 24th. Decr. 1786
My Dear Sir


This is delivered you by
Mr. Mcduff of Bonhard a young Gentle¬
man of this Neighbourhood a sister of
his of the age of 21 years, has for some
years past had many consumptive
symptoms
, and along with ↑them↑ a tumour
on the elbow of the right arm, which
at times had appearances of coming
to a suppuration but never did. A small
suppuration
formed on the first joint of
the forefinger of the right hand
, and affect¬
ed the metacarpal bone. This hurt her
spirits and gave her much uneasiness,
She always having a dread of a scrophu¬
lous tendency
. She lived with a Sister
married to Mr Baxter Minister of [Monzie?] (↑Monivaird↑)




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The first and only Child of her Sister died
in April last. She was extremely fond
of her, and ↑the grief for↑ her death added to her
former anxiety of mind disordered her
so much that she became quite me¬
lancholy
, and by the end of July or the
beginning of August was so far gone
that she would have done violence
to herself
. She was blooded vomited and
frequently purged, was blistered on head
and back. Her former delicate habit
required perhaps more tenderness than
was necessary for her present disease.
The insanity continues, but at pre¬
sent is in terror of being murdered.
She is quite inattentive to the natural
evacuations, and is obliged to be keept
in a straight waistcoat She has had only
once an appearance of the menses
.




[Page 3]


She is in a very retired country
place, attended by two Maids, and is
I believe fully better and more tenderly
cared for, than she would be in any
place of confinement. Time often performs
wonders in such cases, but I own my
expectations are not sanguine


Mr McDuff and I Both wish to have
Your opinion and advice.


I beg to present My best Respects to
You and Family, and I am with
much regard


Dear Sir
Your Most Obedient
and Most Humble Servant
Rob Wood



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To
Dr. William Cullen
Physician in
Edinburgh


Miss Macduff
of Bonhard
Jany. (Decr.) 1786
[VXIX P.?]
V. XVIII. p. 366

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