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

 

[ID:3857] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch) / Regarding: Mr Alexander Spalding Gordon (Spalding, of The Holme & Shirmers) (Patient) / 6 July 1776 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'To Mr Spalding Gordon',. Advice for his physician [identified as Dr John Gilchrist of Dumfries] in response to Letter ID:1305 and its enclosures, as his symptoms seem to have become worse. Recipes include an eyewash.

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FieldData
DOC ID 3857
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/7/78
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date6 July 1776
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply 'To Mr Spalding Gordon',. Advice for his physician [identified as Dr John Gilchrist of Dumfries] in response to Letter ID:1305 and its enclosures, as his symptoms seem to have become worse. Recipes include an eyewash.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:4]
Case of Mr Alexander Spalding Gordon who has a venereal infection in 1775; in 1776 he has a swollen ankle and toe assumed to be gouty; and in 1784 he is suffering from the after-effects of an accidental pistol wound.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:115]AddresseeDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID:629]PatientMr Alexander Spalding Gordon (Spalding, of The Holme & Shirmers)
[PERS ID:115]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe inferred

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For Mr Spalding Gordon


By the journal of last week it does not appear that his
S Symptoms are worse, but it appears both from the
journal & other accounts, that his worst symptom
is extreme weakness, & even to that I impute any
little increase of the frequency of his pulse
, & even the
inflammation of his Eye.


In this view of things, while we cant take the most
effectual measures of air & exercise, we must now
take such measures ↑as↑ are compatible with his
present situation. Upon this plan I would give
him a little Claret so much as he finds comfortable
& is not found to heat him: -- I would also make his
Broth a little stronger, give him Calfs head jelly
& a little animal with more freedom then I could
have done before. With this regimen, let him have
the Tincture prescribed on tother Page. There is
not time for preparing it in Town, but ↑I think↑ It is not
possible that any surgeon in the Country can want
either the materials or the means of it. I am glad



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find the Castor Oil, answer & I hope it will answere
in a smaller dose than the last did tried. If by this
or any other means we can have the command of
his belly, I would try to support him by a dose
of Laudanum
at night. Five Drops cant be
of service it must be to the length of fifteen
or twenty, & if no peculiarity of constitution
forbid it, I would prefer the larger dose to the
smaller, & if the first trials be not discouraging I
would repeat & support, perhaps increase the dose;
but you shall have more both on this subject & the
use of the Bark upon my getting next report.

William Cullen.
Edinburgh 6th July 1776
For Mr S. Gordon.

Take half an ounce of powdered Peruvian Bark. In a glass or marble mortar, mix thoroughly for an hour with enough spring water as to make semiliquid, then add up to a pint of spring water. Replace in flask, steep for 12 hours, then strain through paper. Label: Strengthening Infusion, an ounce or two as his stomach bears it, to be taken twice or thrice a day about an hour before meals.


N.B. Before filtering the above let two
ounces of the Brandy Ticture of bark be added
to it.

WC.
6th July 1776



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For Mr S. Gordon.

℞ Take 8 ounces of Rosewater, half an ounce of Vinegar Distillate, and 2 scruples of Sugar of Lead. Dissolve and strain through paper. Label: Eye water for washing the Eyes three times a day.

WC
July 6.th 1776

Take 4 ounces of fresh Castor Oil. Label: Castor Oil.

WC.

Diplomatic Text

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For Mr Spalding Gordon


By ye journal of last week it does not appear yt his
S Symptoms are worse, but it appears both from ye
journal & other accounts, yt his worst symptom
is extreme weakness, & even to yt I impute any
little increase of ye frequency of his pulse
, & even ye
inflammation of his Eye.


In this view of things, while we cant take ye most
effectual measures of air & exercise, we must now
take such measures ↑as↑ are compatible wt his
present situation. Upon this plan I would give
him a little Claret so much as he finds comfortable
& is not found to heat him: -- I would also make his
Broth a little stronger, give him Calfs head jelly
& a little animal wt more freedom then I could
have done before. Wt this regimen, let him have
ye Tincture prescribed on tother Page. There is
not time for preparing it in Town, but ↑I think↑ It is not
possible yt any surgeon in ye Country can want
either ye materials or ye means of it. I am glad



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find ye Castor Oil, answer & I hope it will answere
in a smaller dose than ye last did tried. If by this
or any other means we can have ye command of
his belly, I would try to support him by a dose
of Laudanum
at night. Five Drops cant be
of service it must be to ye length of fifteen
or twenty, & if no peculiarity of constitution
forbid it, I would prefer ye larger dose to ye
smaller, & if ye first trials be not discouraging I
would repeat & support, perhaps increase ye dose;
but you shall have more both on ys subject & ye
use of ye Bark upon my getting next report.

William Cullen.
Edinr 6th July 1776
For Mr S. Gordon.


Pulv. Cort. Peruvian ℥ſs
In mortario vitreo vel marmorea, cum Aquæ
fontis q. s ut fiat semiliquida, terito diligenter
per horam dein adde
Aq. font. ad lbi
Reponatur in lagena et macera horas duo¬
decim dein cola per chartam
Signa Strengthening Infusion, an ounce or
two as his stomach bears it, to be taken twice
or thrice a day about an hour before meals.


N.B. Before filtering ye above let two
ounces of ye Brandy Ticture of bark be added
to it.

WC.
6th July 1776



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For Mr S. Gordon.


Aq. rosar ℥viii
Acet. distillat. ℥ſs
Scch. Saturn Эii
Solve et per chartam cola
Signa Eye water for washing ye Eyes three times

WC
July 6.th 1776


Ol. ricin. recent. ℥iv
Signa Castor Oil.

WC.

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