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

 

[ID:354] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr John Bannerman / Regarding: Earl Thomas Kennedy (Lord Cassillis, 9th Earl of Cassillis, 4th Baronet of Culzean, 11th Lord Kennedy) (Patient) / 27 October 1775 / (Outgoing)

Letter to Mr John Bannerman concerning the case of Lord Cassillis, whose condition is still no better. Cullen notes that Bannerman's account differs from Gillespie's, requests that they 'settle this matter between you', and suggests Lord Cassillis himself be brought 'into the consultation'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 354
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/6/53
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date27 October 1775
Annotation None
TypeScribal copy ( includes Casebook Entry)
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter to Mr John Bannerman concerning the case of Lord Cassillis, whose condition is still no better. Cullen notes that Bannerman's account differs from Gillespie's, requests that they 'settle this matter between you', and suggests Lord Cassillis himself be brought 'into the consultation'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:3]
Case of Earl Cassillis, who is fevered, weak and in a state of terminal decline; eventually includes a post-mortem report.
7


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:542]AddresseeMr John Bannerman
[PERS ID:549]PatientEarl Thomas Kennedy (Lord Cassillis, 9th Earl of Cassillis, 4th Baronet of Culzean, 11th Lord Kennedy)
[PERS ID:542]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Bannerman
[PERS ID:552]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Thomas Gillespie
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Cullean Castle; Culzean Castle Maybole Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred

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To Mr John Bannerman
Dear Sir


I am heartily sorry to find that Lord Cassillis makes so little progress
towards recovery. I had sometime ago a letter from Dr. Gillespie which
I answered in course and particulary desired it might be transmitted
to you. I dare say before this time you will have seen it, and you
will find that I have anticipated your present demand with regard
to my Lord's Stomach. I know there is no end of relieving it by
vomiting, tho' I would not object entirely to the use of it at some¬
times, but I think there is some reason to suspect that the
state of the Stomach depends upon Gout, and I would certainly
make a cautious trial of some of the warm medicines I have mentioned



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to Dr Gillespie, and I would beg to have your report of them very
soon, and till then will offer no other advice. I shall only say
further just now that I have been always of opinion that it was
necessary to keep the belly regular, but at the same time would
wish to do it by the gentlest means possible, and I am sorry to find
Gillespie and you differing in your accounts report concerning the effect
of Glysters. He tells me always that they do not bring down the
fæculent matter and therefore the smart purgatives by the mouth
are necessary, and this has made one leave the matter to his
and your discretion, but your account of the Glysters is much
more favourable, and I hope you are in the right, for certainly
any evacuation more than is absolutely necessary is very un¬
suitable to the present state of my Lord's strength. Pray settle
this matter properly between you, and I think His Lordship should
be taken into the Consultation. When I hear from you again
I shall say further.

With the proper Compliments I an &c.
27th October 1775

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To Mr John Bannerman
Dear Sir


I am heartily sorry to find that Lord Cassillis makes so little progress
towards recovery. I had sometime ago a letter from Dr. Gillespie which
I answered in course and particulary desired it might be transmitted
to you. I dare say before this time you will have seen it, and you
will find that I have anticipated your present demand with regard
to my Lord's Stomach. I know there is no end of relieving it by
vomiting, tho' I would not object entirely to the use of it at some¬
times, but I think there is some reason to suspect that the
state of the Stomach depends upon Gout, and I would certainly
make a cautious trial of some of the warm medicines I have mentioned



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to Dr Gillespie, and I would beg to have your report of them very
soon, and till then will offer no other advice. I shall only say
further just now that I have been always of opinion that it was
necessary to keep the belly regular, but at the same time would
wish to do it by the gentlest means possible, and I am sorry to find
Gillespie and you differing in your accounts report concerning the effect
of Glysters. He tells me always that they do not bring down the
fæculent matter and therefore the smart purgatives by the mouth
are necessary, and this has made one leave the matter to his
and your discretion, but your account of the Glysters is much
more favourable, and I hope you are in the right, for certainly
any evacuation more than is absolutely necessary is very un¬
suitable to the present state of my Lord's strength. Pray settle
this matter properly between you, and I think His Lordship should
be taken into the Consultation. When I hear from you again
I shall say further.

With the proper Compliments I an &c.
27th Octr. 1775

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