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

 

[ID:3984] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch) / Regarding: Dr Thomas Mutter (Reverend) (Patient), Mr McKenzie (MacKenzie) (Patient), Mrs Gordon (Patient), Miss (Jr.) (Patient) / 19 January 1777 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Dr Gilchrist C[oncerning] Mrs Gordon, Miss ___ Junior Mr Mackenzie & Mr Mutter'

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DOC ID 3984
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/8/96
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date19 January 1777
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, 'Dr Gilchrist C[oncerning] Mrs Gordon, Miss ___ Junior Mr Mackenzie & Mr Mutter'
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:9]
Case of Dr Thomas Mutter who has suffered 'a palsy' (stroke).
14
[Case ID:811]
Case of Mrs Gordon who has a serious 'visceral obstruction' which Cullen thinks may be a tumour, ovarian in origin.
5
[Case ID:2059]
Case of Mr Mackenzie whose complaints may be venereal in origin.
2
[Case ID:2506]
Case of an unnamed female, "Miss ---- Junr. (Junior)". Cullen thinks her case phthisical.
1


People linked to this document

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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:115]AddresseeDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID:790]PatientMr George Mackenzie (McKenzie)
[PERS ID:1316]PatientMrs Gordon (of Craigmil(?))
[PERS ID:3161]PatientMiss (Jr.)
[PERS ID:472]PatientDr Thomas Mutter (Reverend)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:115]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID:588]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Alexander Wood

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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
Destination of Letter Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe certain

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Dr Gilchrist Concerning Mrs Gordon, Miss ----- Junior
Mr Mackenzie & Mr Mutter.


So far well that there is now no fear of Ascites in Mrs
Gordon. The seat of the Physconia of no consequence for
be it seated where it will, I am ready to think it incurable,
but if she is tired of the Tartar, try some other medicine &
the Cicuta is as good as any. In a former letter you mention
her asthma, which now seems to increase. I do not ascribe it
to the abdominal congestion, but think it a separate
disease in the Lungs, & therefore must be relieved by anti¬
spasmodics
. You know what you may expect from musk
& will act accordingly but I expect more from the large
dose of Laudanum. If purely spasmodic the Laudanum
is the most promising but in case of much defluxion
it may not answer so well & vomiting if she can bear it
or blistering may be of more service.


I despair of Miss ---- Junior as I think the
Case now Phthisical. I cant add much to my fomer
plan for the winter. Palliate according to circumstances.
vary the Demulcent Pectorals & employ anodynes often.
Sometimes a vomit, sometimes a blister useful, but
all this left to your discretion.


I rejoice at Mr Mackenzies relief ---


Mr Mutter has had better luck than I or Mr Wood
expected. Neither of us [efer?] reflected a word on his
management at Dumfries. We said that the laying open
might be necessary but wished to try to avoid it & it has hap¬
pened that we have succeeded. On such occasion people will
talk but we shall do all in our power to prevent it. It is
Mr Wood's & my opinion that the former practice of laying
bare
Carious bones & the consequences were seldom either
necessary or judicious but upon this occasion we have had
not a word to the purpose. In whatever concerns your credit or
interest you may certainly depend on

Edinburgh January 19. 1777 ----
W.C.

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Dr Gilchrist C Mrs Gordon, Miss ----- Junior
Mr Mackenzie & Mr Mutter.


So far well that there is now no fear of Ascites in Mrs
Gordon. The seat of the Physconia of no consequence for
be it seated where it will, I am ready to think it incurable,
but if she is tired of the Tartar, try some other medicine &
the Cicuta is as good as any. In a former letter you mention
her asthma, wc now seems to increase. I do not ascribe it
to the abdominal congestion, but think it a separate
disease in the Lungs, & therefore m.b. relieved by anti¬
spasmodics
. You know what you may expect from musk
& will act accordingly but I expect more from the large
dose of Laudanum. If purely spasmodic the Laudanum
is the most promising but in case of much defluxion
it may not answer so well & vomiting if she can bear it
or blistering may be of more service.


I despair of Miss ---- Junr. as I think the
Case now Phthisical. I cant add much to my fomer
plan for the winter. Palliate according to circumstances.
vary the Demulcent Pectorals & employ anodynes often.
Sometimes a vomit, sometimes a blister useful, but
all this left to your discretion.


I rejoice at Mr Mackenzies relief ---


Mr Mutter has had better luck than I or Mr Wood
expected. Neither of us [efer?] reflected a word on his
management at Dumfries. We said that the laying open
might be necessary but wished to try to avoid it & it has hap¬
pened that we have succeeded. On such occasion people will
talk but we shall do all in our power to prevent it. It is
Mr Wood's & my opinion that the former practice of laying
bare
Carious bones & the consequences were seldom either
necessary or judicious but upon this occasion we have had
not a word to the purpose. In wtever concerns your credit or
interest you may certainly depend on

Edr. Jan. 19. 1777 ----
W.C.

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