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

 

[ID:3197] From: Mr John Johnstone (Jock; of Alva) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Elizabeth Johnstone (Betty; Mrs Betty; Johnston; of Westerhall) (Patient), Miss Ann Elizabeth Johnstone (Betty) (Patient) / 16? July? 1787? / (Incoming)

Letter from John Johnstone of Alva concerning his sister and daughter. Date inferred as the Monday following his previous letter was 16 July. The elder Miss Betty is now suffering headaches, and he wonders if the weather is to blame. Little Betty is still suffering from nosebleeds, 'therefore this morning I put the Bloodstone Necklace around her neck', but so far it is not stopping the bleeding.

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FieldData
DOC ID 3197
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/2098
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date16? July? 1787?
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 John Johnstone of Alva concerning his sister and daughter. Date inferred as the Monday following his previous letter was 16 July. The elder Miss Betty is now suffering headaches, and he wonders if the weather is to blame. Little Betty is still suffering from nosebleeds, 'therefore this morning I put the Bloodstone Necklace around her neck', but so far it is not stopping the bleeding.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:2070]
Case of Miss Betty Johnstone of Alva, a child with a cough and nosebleeds.
6
[Case ID:2071]
Case of Betty Johnstone, sister of John Johnstone of Alva, who has a serious bowel disorder which prompts Cullen to make a personal visit.
7


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:5322]AuthorMr John Johnstone (Jock; of Alva)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1087]PatientMiss Elizabeth Johnstone (Betty; Mrs Betty; Johnston; of Westerhall)
[PERS ID:5324]PatientMiss Ann Elizabeth Johnstone (Betty)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2849]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr George Moncrieff
[PERS ID:5322]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr John Johnstone (Jock; of Alva)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Alva House Alva Mid Scotland Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Alloa Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Monday 5 PM.
Dear Sir


A little while after I had sent away my
letter to you of yesterdays date my Dear Sister began to
feel very uneasie & to apprehend the return of the Pain to
her Bowels In which with her desire I administered 50
drops of the Volatile Spirit
as you directed which had the
good Effect to ease her & she Continued better till she
went to her naked Bed about 9. During the night she
has not had good rest
, but dozing & accompanied with
a great head Ach the Pain being now chiefly centerd
in her head –– whether to ascribe this to the great change
of weather which began last night with violent Easterly
winds, or what other Cause you can judge better than
me. The Pulse in my Apprehension is good, & tho she
feels some degree hotter than usual I dont think it
a fever
. She drank some Cups of Hyson Tea today but
has eat none, her Body is not Costive. I have desired
Mr Moncrief to come up that he may write you if he
finds any thing alarming in the shifting of the Pain.
She has had no Laudanum since you was here & I am
diffident now when to give it ––


Our little Girl lost
a great deal of Blood
last night & this morn I fear



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as she is of so delicate a frame it may weaken her beyond
what she can fetch up & therefore this morning I put the
Bloodstone Necklace around
her neck which is used
on such Occasions As yet we have not found It prevents
the bleeding. We have not given her but two Vomits
as yet –– I am sory to encroach on your time in
this manner but Judge it right to communicate such
Alterations as happen sensible of the kind Concern you
take in the Recovery of the two near Objects of my
affection ––––

I am with great esteem
Dear Sir
your most obliged
& obedient Servant
John Johnstone


My Sister keeps her Bed all this day




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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr. Johnston
of Alva
July 1787
V. XIX. p. 194

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Monday 5 PM.
Dear Sir


A little while after I had sent away my
letter to you of yesterdays date my Dear Sister began to
feel very uneasie & to apprehend the return of the Pain to
her Bowels In which with her desire I administered 50
drops of the Volatile Spirit
as you directed which had the
good Effect to ease her & she Continued better till she
went to her naked Bed about 9. During the night she
has not had good rest
, but dozing & accompanied with
a great head Ach the Pain being now chiefly centerd
in her head –– whether to ascribe this to the great change
of weather which began last night with violent Easterly
winds, or what other Cause you can judge better than
me. The Pulse in my Apprehension is good, & tho she
feels some degree hotter than usual I dont think it
a fever
. She drank some Cups of Hyson Tea today but
has eat none, her Body is not Costive. I have desired
Mr Moncrief to come up that he may write you if he
finds any thing alarming in the shifting of the Pain.
She has had no Laudanum since you was here & I am
diffident now when to give it ––


Our little Girl lost
a great deal of Blood
last night & this morn I fear



[Page 2]

as she is of so delicate a frame it may weaken her beyond
what she can fetch up & therefore this morning I put the
Bloodstone Necklace around
her neck which is used
on such Occasions As yet we have not found It prevents
the bleeding. We have not given her but two Vomits
as yet –– I am sory to encroach on your time in
this manner but Judge it right to communicate such
Alterations as happen sensible of the kind Concern you
take in the Recovery of the two near Objects of my
affection ––––

I am with great esteem
Dear Sir
your most obliged
& ob Sert
John Johnstone


My Sister keeps her Bed all this day




[Page 3]


Doctor Cullen
Edinr.


Mr. Johnston
of Alva
July 1787
V. XIX. p. 194

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