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

 

[ID:3908] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: [ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN] / Regarding: Mr Hall (Patient) / 20 August 1776 / (Outgoing)

Reply headed 'For Mr. H.' [Mr Hall?] in which Cullen argues against considering his present symptoms venereal.

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DOC ID 3908
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/8/20
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date20 August 1776
Annotation None
TypeScribal copy ( includes Casebook Entry)
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
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Letter of Introduction No
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Summary Reply headed 'For Mr. H.' [Mr Hall?] in which Cullen argues against considering his present symptoms venereal.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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[Case ID:839]
Case of Mr Hall who has various sores which might be venereal.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1773]PatientMr Hall
[PERS ID:526]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Hunter
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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For Mr H.


The present ailments not venereal.


The disease contracted in 1769 seems to have been very
entirely cured in spring 1771 so that there was no suspicion
of any remaining taint for more than two years afterwards.


The infection of 1773. as it produced only a running and
as it neither renewed 1 the old nor produced new chancres, tho the
gleet continued a long time, it may be presumed it did not
communicate any tait to the blood and the more especially
as in the affair of 1769 the throat was very quickly affe¬
cted and here there was two years passed before there was any
suspicion of such an effect. -----


When in 1775 the throat became affected with disease
it was not only solong after the ambiguous ase of 1773
that it could hardly be imputed to that and it was pretty
manifestly owing to Cold which Mr H's constitution [reniders?] 2
him very obnoxious to. & especially in his throat. The conti¬
nuance indeed of this ailment may give suspicion of a
more permanent course, but we know many instances
of persons whose throats are affected by cold only and who
are almost never free from some inflammation or swelling



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and especially when such persons are negligent
with respect to cold & otherwise living very freely as
Mr H seems to have done.


To all these considerations we would join
this that there has not been any ulcerations in the
usual place, the tonsils; and that the present seat
of them is not only unusual but there appearance
us not of the common venereal kind.


All this makes us doubt of the nature of
Mr Hs ↑present↑ complaints. but still we are uncertain
& he' should proceed in some measure as if they were
Venereal.


He should [moderately?] employ some Mercury
but as his stomach &c are so irritable, not
internally; but by [injection?] till its effects are
evident in his mouth. these effects should be very
moderate but continued for some time, tosee how
fair the are capable of affecting the sore in the
roof of his
mouth - but we say no more on this as
Mr J. Hunter will direct him &c.


If the Mercury fairly tried has no effect on his ailment
he may use Dr Kennedy's Decoction or if that causes of
be bad, we shall advise him to a remedy; but -
we must first see the effects of the Mercury -----


Edinburgh August 20.
1776.

Notes:

1: Contexts implies this may be an error for 'removed'.

2: Possibly a copyist's error for 'renders'.

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[Page 1]

For Mr H.


The present ailments not venereal.


The disease contracted in 1769 seems to have been very
entirely cured in spring 1771 so that there was no suspicion
of any remaining taint for more than two years afterwards.


The infection of 1773. as it produced only a running and
as it neither renewed 1 the old nor produced new chancres, tho the
gleet continued a long time, it may be presumed it did not
communicate any tait to the blood and the more especially
as in the affair of 1769 the throat was very quickly affe¬
cted and here there was two years passed before there was any
suspicion of such an effect. -----


When in 1775 the throat became affected with disease
it was not only solong after the ambiguous ase of 1773
that it could hardly be imputed to that and it was pretty
manifestly owing to Cold which Mr H's constitution [reniders?] 2
him very obnoxious to. & especially in his throat. The conti¬
nuance indeed of this ailment may give suspicion of a
more permanent course, but we know many instances
of persons whose throats are affected by cold only and who
are almost never free from some inflammation or swelling



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and especially when such persons are negligent
with respect to cold & otherwise living very freely as
Mr H seems to have done.


To all these considerations we would join
this that there has not been any ulcerations in the
usual place, the tonsils; and that the present seat
of them is not only unusual but there appearance
us not of the common venereal kind.


All this makes us doubt of the nature of
Mr Hs ↑present↑ complaints. but still we are uncertain
& he' should proceed in some measure as if they were
Venereal.


He should [moderately?] employ some Mercury
but as his stomach &c are so irritable, not
internally; but by [injection?] till its effects are
evident in his mouth. these effects should be very
moderate but continued for some time, tosee how
fair the are capable of affecting the sore in the
roof of his
mouth - but we say no more on this as
Mr J. Hunter will direct him &c.


If the Mercury fairly tried has no effect on his ailmt.
he may use Dr Kennedy's Decoction or if that causes of
be bad, we shall advise him to a remedy; but -
we must first see the effects of the Mercury -----


Edinr Aug. 20.
1776.

Notes:

1: Contexts implies this may be an error for 'removed'.

2: Possibly a copyist's error for 'renders'.

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