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

 

[ID:4002] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr George Hamilton / Regarding: Mr John Vans Agnew (Laird of Barnbarroch and Sheuchan [Scheuchan]) (Patient) / February? 1777? / (Outgoing)

Reply 'For Mr Agnew of Sheuchan'. Cross-referencing identifies the addressee as Dr George Hamilton in Dumfries. Advice on diet and exercise and how to avoid fits. Cullen proposes a pea issue in the neck and an aperient solution as the only two remedies.

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FieldData
DOC ID 4002
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/8/114
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
DateFebruary? 1777?
Annotation None
TypeScribal copy ( includes Casebook Entry)
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply 'For Mr Agnew of Sheuchan'. Cross-referencing identifies the addressee as Dr George Hamilton in Dumfries. Advice on diet and exercise and how to avoid fits. Cullen proposes a pea issue in the neck and an aperient solution as the only two remedies.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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[Case ID:29]
Case of Mr Agnew of Sheuchan who suffers from 'fits'.
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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:258]AddresseeDr George Hamilton
[PERS ID:1671]PatientMr John Vans Agnew (Laird of Barnbarroch and Sheuchan [Scheuchan])
[PERS ID:258]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr George Hamilton
[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
Mentioned / Other Sheuchan Stranraer Borders Scotland Europe certain

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For Mr Agnew of Sheuchan.


The case requires attention & if the recurrence of the fits
shall not be prevented they may change into a disease of a
worse kind, but to prevent this


Let his diet be light & cool. Some animal food every day
at dinner but of the lighter kinds & always in moderate
quantity -- filling up with broth pudding & vegetables.


Supper light or none. No animal food, not even an egg.
At breakfast, tea, bread, & butter as usual, but the tea
must be weak & little butter. May take honey or
currant jelly if his stomach bear them.


For ordinary drink at meals, water or small beer but
rather the water. After dinner or supper may take a
few glasses wine or punch, but strictly avoid being into¬
xicated or at all heated by it. If he be strict in this the
quality of the liquor is of little consequence.


Much exercise & fresh air, moderate walking but
avoid fatigue, & moist ground & standing long in the
open air. Spend the greatest part of the forenoon in
good weather, on horseback.


Avoid cold. Be well cloathed, never shift from thicker
to thinner even in Summer. Avoid sitting or standing in
a stream of air, & all damp, especially in his cloaths.


Go to bed & rise betimes.


Only two remedies to propose. The one a pea issue
in the nape of the neck each side the Spine.

The other: Take 2 ounces of Soluble Tartar, 6 ounces of spring water, and 4 ounces of simple Cinnamon water. Dissolve and strain through paper. Label: Aperient Solution, two tablespoonfuls in half a muchkin of spring water every morning before breakfast, drinking the water at two or three draughts so as to finish the whole, half an hour or an hour before breakfast. It should move the belly once a day but if either more or less increase or diminish accordingly ---- The course to be continued for three or four weeks.

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For Mr Agnew of Sheuchan.


The case requires attention & if the recurrence of the fits
shall not be prevented they may change into a disease of a
worse kind, but to prevent this


Let his diet be light & cool. Some animal food every day
at dinner but of the lighter kinds & always in moderate
qty -- filling up w broth pudding & vegetables.


Supper light or none. No animal food, not even an egg.
At breakfast, tea, bread, & butter as usual, but the tea
must be weak & little butter. May take honey or
currant jelly if his stomach bear them.


For ordin. drink at meals, water or small beer but
rather the water. After dinner or supper may take a
few glasses wine or punch, but strictly avoid being into¬
xicated or at all heated by it. If he be strict in this the
quality of the liquor is of little consequence.


Much exercise & fresh air, moderate walking but
avoid fatigue, & moist ground & standing long in the
open air. Spend the greatest part of the forenoon in
good weather, on horseback.


Avoid cold. Be well cloathed, never shift from thicker
to thinner even in Summer. Avoid sitting or standg in
a stream of air, & all damp, especially in his cloaths.


Go to bed & rise betimes.


Only two remedies to propose. The one a pea issue
in the nape of the neck each side the Spine.


The other ℞ Tart. solub. ℥ii Aq. font. ℥vi -- cinnam
simpl.
℥iv Solve & p ch. cola. S. Aperient Solution, two
tablespoonfuls in half a muchkin of spring water every
morning before breakfast, drinking the water at two or



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three draughts so as to finish the whole, half an hour
or an hour before breakfast. It should move the belly
once a day but if either more or less increase or diminish
accordingly ---- The course to be continued for three
or four weeks.

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