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

 

[ID:3725] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Douglas / Regarding: Miss Margaret Campbell (Peggy) (Patient), Mr McArthur (Patient) / 9 March 1775 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'For Miss Campbell from Mr Douglas'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 3725
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/4/50
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date9 March 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 Reply, 'For Miss Campbell from Mr Douglas'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:511]
Case of Miss Campbell who has a serious lung condition.
1
[Case ID:1317]
Case of the son of Mr and Mrs McArthur, 'affected with convulsive startings' after being 'placed upon his head by some other boys in imitation of Tumblers who at that time were in that Place'.
5


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1469]AddresseeMr Douglas
[PERS ID:3725]PatientMr McArthur
[PERS ID:1281]PatientMiss Margaret Campbell (Peggy)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1469]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Douglas

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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For Miss Campbell
From Mr Douglas.


Case accurate.- apparently Phthisical & so far
advanced that recovery is doubtfull - but not to be
given over, & some benefit may be expected from a
better season -


Some very proper medicines have been applied & possibly
both bleeding and blistering may be repeated. The last
may be safely employed in the case of any fixed
pain, but in urgent circumstances & then in small
quantity, bleeding may be repeated. I expect little from
medicines. The gums & balsams may be hurtfull



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Mucilaginous & oily matters may be used
at pleasure, if These effects appear remarkable
& the stomach is not cloyed by them. If squills
prove purgative or do more than keep the belly
regular, They will do harm. I have seen Mercu¬
rials
employed in Phthisical cares, but never
saw them do any good, sometimes I have
seen them do much harm and I think Calo¬
mel
is one of the most improper preparations
that can be employed


Much depends on her diet. Milk. Fruit & grain
Gentle exercise on her back or in a carriage in
good weather. Carefully gaurding against cold


An Anodyne now & then might give her
an easier night, but I must leave this to the
discretion of gentleman on the spot who must
direct from experience of such medicines on her constitution


When the season is farther advanced, a journey
or a voyage are perhaps the only & at least the
most promising means of her recovery

WC
March 9th 1775

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[Page 1]

For Miss Campbell
From Mr Douglas.


Case accurate.- apparently Phthisical & so far
advanced that recovery is doubtfull - but not to be
given over, & some benefit may be expected from a
better season -


Some very proper meds have been applied & possibly
both bleeding and blistering may be repeated. The last
may be safely employed in the case of any fixed
pain, but in urgent circumstances & then in small
qty, bleeding may be repeated. I expect little from
meds. The gums & balsams may be hurtfull



[Page 2]

Mucilaginous & oily matters may be used
at pleasure, if These effects appear remarkable
& the stomach is not cloyed by them. If squills
prove purgative or do more than keep the belly
regr, They will do harm. I have seen Mercu¬
rials
employed in Phthisical cares, but never
saw them do any good, sometimes I have
seen them do much harm and I think Calo¬
mel
is one of the most improper preparations
that can be employed


Much depends on her diet. Milk. Fruit & grain
Gentle exercise on h. back or in a carriage in
good weather. Carefully gaurding against cold


An Anodyne now & then might give her
an easier night, but I must leave this to the
discretion of gentleman on the spot who must
direct from experience of such meds on her constitution


When the season is farther advanced, a journey
or a voyage are perhaps the only & at least the
most promising means of her recovery

WC
March 9th 1775

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