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

 

[ID:3504] From: Mr John Goodsir / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr John Bethune (Lindsay) (Lindsay of Wormiston; after 1782, Bethune of Kilconquhar/Balfour) (Patient) / 23 April 1789 / (Incoming)

Letter from John Goodsir to William and Henry Cullen, concerning the case of Mr Bethune: 'As the Disease evidently so gaining ground Mr. Bethune is now resolv'd Soon to set off for Edinburgh'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 3504
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/2396
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date23 April 1789
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 Goodsir to William and Henry Cullen, concerning the case of Mr Bethune: 'As the Disease evidently so gaining ground Mr. Bethune is now resolv'd Soon to set off for Edinburgh'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:196]
Case of John (Lindsay) Bethune of Kilconquhar, being reported almost daily by his surgeon John Goodsir.
24


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1301]AuthorMr John Goodsir
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:464]PatientMr John Bethune (Lindsay of Wormiston; after 1782, Bethune of Kilconquhar/Balfour)
[PERS ID:1301]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Goodsir
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:544]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID:544]Supplemental AddresseeDr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )

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Place of Writing Kilconquhar House Kilconquhar Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Kilconquhar House Kilconquhar Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Colinsburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Gentlemen


I was favoured with yours of
the 21st. Current yesterday- Since the report of Mr. Bethunes
Case on the 20th. the Symptomes have been pritty
much the same as mentiond that day, in that
report which was wrote from Kilconquhar it was men¬
tion'd that Mr. Bethune had that morning of his
own accord taken the Electuary which operated
very freely 7 or 8 times in the Evening I found Him
a good deal fatigued, and had but a poor night
disturbed with breathlessness, and some degree of Cough
Tuesday Morning, still rather flaggd which continued
thro' the day, Urine still in small quantity no
Drought, dryness in the mouth better, Swelling of
the Limbs and Thighs the same, Appetite not so
bad- some degree of hoarsness and Cough and did not
sleep well
thro' the night from frequent returns
of difficult Breathing which he now observes to
come on immediately when put in a horizontal



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position- Wednesday Morning all the Symptomes
the same as yesterdat, except I think the
Odematous Swelling on the Thighs rather
increased- Pass'd a poor night, Cough'd and Expect¬
orate a good deal, was out of Bed between five
& Six this morning Thursday, no change of Symptomes
Since Monday Mr. Bethune has taken the Nitre
& Squills regularly, the former from 15 to 29 grains
& the latter from one to one and a half in the day-
urine some times we think a little increased at
other times in very small quantity
--


Takes above two hours exercise ↑in↑ the Carriage
daily-


I have constantly urged Mr. Bethune to continue
regularly and to increase the Squills & Nitre
as his Stomach will bear them- and that the
griping effect
of the Squills which sometimes
they do, I have this day prevaild upon him to
take the Laudanam to obviate that-




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As the Disease evidently so gaining ground
Mr. Bethune is now resolv'd Soon to set off
for Edinburgh- till that time shall persist with
the present plan- as the 1 [however?] is not yet
fix'd upon shall be glad to hear from you
in Course- With very much Respect


I am Dear Gentlemen
Your very Humble Servant
John Goodsir

Kilconquhar Aprile 23d.
1789


Should have mentiond that there is a small portion
of the Blister formerly applied to Mr. Bethunes Breast
keept open- Have proposed to heal it up gradually
Mr. Bethune this morning Thursday has made a pretty
good Breakfast and otherwise looking fresh-




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Doctor Cullen
Professor of Medicine
University Edinburgh

Notes:

1: A word seems to have been accidentally omitted here: perhaps 'journey' or date'.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Dear Gentlemen


I was favoured with yours of
the 21st. Curt. yesterday- Since the report of Mr. Bethunes
Case on the 20th. the Symptomes have been pritty
much the same as mentiond that day, in that
report which was wrote from Kilconqr. it was men¬
tion'd that Mr. Bethune had that morning of his
own accord taken the Electuary which operated
very freely 7 or 8 times in the Evening I found Him
a good deal fatigued, and had but a poor night
disturbed with breathlessness, and some degree of Cough
Tuesday Morning, still rather flaggd which continued
thro' the day, Urine still in small quantity no
Drought, dryness in the mouth better, Swelling of
the Limbs and Thighs the same, Appetite not so
bad- some degree of hoarsness and Cough and did not
sleep well
thro' the night from frequent returns
of difficult Breathing which he now observes to
come on immediately when put in a horizontal



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position- Wednesday Morning all the Symptomes
the same as yesterdat, except I think the
Odematous Swelling on the Thighs rather
increased- Pass'd a poor night, Cough'd and Expect¬
orate a good deal, was out of Bed between five
& Six this morning Thursday, no change of Symptomes
Since Monday Mr. Bethune has taken the Nitre
& Squills regularly, the former from 15 to 29 grains
& the latter from one to one and a half in the day-
urine some times we think a little increased at
other times in very small quantity
--


Takes above two hours exercise ↑in↑ the Carriage
daily-


I have constantly urged Mr. Bethune to continue
regularly and to increase the Squills & Nitre
as his Stomach will bear them- and that the
griping effect
of the Squills which sometimes
they do, I have this day prevaild upon him to
take the Laudanam to obviate that-




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As the Disease evidently so gaining ground
Mr. Bethune is now resolv'd Soon to set off
for Edinr.- till that time shall persist with
the present plan- as the 1 [however?] is not yet
fix'd upon shall be glad to hear from you
in Course- With very much Respect


I am Dear Gentlemen
Your very Hub[le.] Servt.
John Goodsir

Kilconqr. Aprile 23d.
1789


Should have mentiond that there is a small portion
of the Blister formerly applied to Mr. Bethunes Breast
keept open- Have proposed to heal it up gradually
Mr. Bethune this morning Thursday has made a pretty
good Breakfast and otherwise looking fresh-




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Doctor Cullen
Professor of Medicine
University Edinr.

Notes:

1: A word seems to have been accidentally omitted here: perhaps 'journey' or date'.

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