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

 

[ID:3439] From: Mr William Robertson / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Reverend Robert Deans (of Crailing) (Patient), Mrs Elizabeth Deans (Smith) (Patient) / 9 December 1788 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Robertson (surgeon at the Kelso Dispensary), concerning Rev. and Mrs Deans of Crailing. While Mrs Deans is now improving, Rev. Deans, aged 63, is seriously ill with a stoppage of urine and constipation, and is delirious.

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DOC ID 3439
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/2328
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date9 December 1788
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from William Robertson (surgeon at the Kelso Dispensary), concerning Rev. and Mrs Deans of Crailing. While Mrs Deans is now improving, Rev. Deans, aged 63, is seriously ill with a stoppage of urine and constipation, and is delirious.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1121]
Case of Elizabeth, wife of Rev. Robert Deans of Crailing, who has a chronic sore throat from 1779, and later suffers respiratory ailments.
11
[Case ID:1122]
Case of the Reverend Mr Robert Deans of Crailing who displays very serious symptoms of delirium which presage his death on 13 December 1788, just two days after Cullen's reply.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:5097]AuthorMr William Robertson
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5026]PatientReverend Robert Deans (of Crailing)
[PERS ID:5027]PatientMrs Elizabeth Deans
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5097]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Robertson
[PERS ID:3439]Other Physician / SurgeonMr James Monteath (Monteith)
[PERS ID:5027]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Elizabeth Deans

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Kelso Borders Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Crailing Borders Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


Mrs Deans of Crailing is now consi¬
derably better and desires to return her sincere
thanks to you for the singular past favours you
have done her, but she is exceedingly sorry that
she should be under necessary of troubling
you again for your advice for Mr Deans
who now lies dangerously ill, who by her
anxious desire I have sent you the History
of his case Mr Deans aged 63 years
Very tall and of slender make of Body who
has for a good number of years been subject
to Pectoral complaints attended with a
Bound state of the Belly, he has for the
space of a few months past had a difficulty
of making his water
& of later date he has
complained of heaviness upon his Eyes,
was seized all of a sudden without any
known cause on the 21st. of November with a
watering of his stomach some what like a
Pyrosis which he was formerly subject



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looked wild, he immediately became insensible
spoke incoherently
attended with a continual
picking at the bed cloaths, and catching at
immaginary objects
& seldom gives a dis¬
tinct answer has ever since passes
little or nno urine
except what is drawn
off by the catheter has no passage by
the Belly but what is procured by Injec¬
tions
or by Laxatives taken in by the
mouth Tongue clean thirst moderate
appetite sometimes rather keener than
natural
sometimes diminished Pulse
69 equal and rather strong from the
beginning
skin hot & little or no moisture
upon it a frequent gulping with an
appearing weakness of the under jaw
countinance nearly as when in a state
of health, as this is a pretty exact statement
of his case at present if you could possibly
by any means make it convenient to
write by the first post or fly that comes to
Kelso what is the only method of treatment
to be pursued & by your opinion of his case


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you would infinitely oblige

your most
Obedient & very Humble Servant
William Robertson
Surgeon

Kelso
December 9
1788



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Dr Cullen
Professor of Medicine
Edinburgh
to be Delivered as soon
as possible


Mr Roberston
C. Mrs Deans
December 1788
No XX P.43

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[Page 1]
Dear Sir


Mrs Deans of Crailing is now consi¬
derably better and desires to return her sincere
thanks to you for the singular past favours you
have done her, but she is exceedingly sorry that
she should be under necessary of troubling
you again for your advice for Mr Deans
who now lies dangerously ill, who by her
anxious desire I have sent you the History
of his case Mr Deans aged 63 years
Very tall and of slender make of Body who
has for a good number of years been subject
to Pectoral complaints attended with a
Bound state of the Belly, he has for the
space of a few months past had a difficulty
of making his water
& of later date he has
complained of heaviness upon his Eyes,
was seized all of a sudden without any
known cause on the 21st. of Novr. with a
watering of his stomach some what like a
Pyrosis which he was formerly subject



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looked wild, he immediately became insensible
spoke incoherently
attended with a continual
picking at the bed cloaths, and catching at
immaginary objects
& seldom gives a dis¬
tinct answer has ever since passes
little or nno urine
except what is drawn
off by the catheter has no passage by
the Belly but what is procured by Injec¬
tions
or by Laxatives taken in by the
mouth Tongue clean thirst moderate
appetite sometimes rather keener than
natural
sometimes diminished Pulse
69 equal and rather strong from the
beginning
skin hot & little or no moisture
upon it a frequent gulping with an
appearing weakness of the under jaw
countinance nearly as when in a state
of health, as this is a pretty exact statement
of his case at present if you could possibly
by any means make it convenient to
write by the first post or fly that comes to
Kelso what is the only method of treatment
to be pursued & by your opinion of his case


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you would infinitely oblige

your most
Obedt. & very Humble Sert.
William Robertson
Surgeon

Kelso
Decr. 9
1788



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Dr Cullen
Professor of Medicine
Edinburgh
to be Delivered as soon
as possible


Mr Roberston
C. Mrs Deans
Decr. 1788
No XX P.43

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