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

 

[ID:4071] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Professor Thomas Hamilton / Regarding: Mrs Whytlaw (of Glasgow) (Patient) / 25 May 1777 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'for Mrs Whytlaw of Glasgow'.. Addressee not named, but it replies to letter ID:1407 from Thomas Hamilton.

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FieldData
DOC ID 4071
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/9/44
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date25 May 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 Mrs Whytlaw of Glasgow'.. Addressee not named, but it replies to letter ID:1407 from Thomas Hamilton.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:756]
Case of Mrs Whytlaw whose symptoms are treated as 'hysterical' and attributed to menstrual obstruction.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1057]AddresseeProfessor Thomas Hamilton
[PERS ID:2747]PatientMrs Whytlaw (of Glasgow)
[PERS ID:1057]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryProfessor Thomas 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 Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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For Mrs Whytlaw. of Glasgow


Her ailments proceed entirely from difficult & scanty menstru¬
ation
, & till that be mended, she can hardly be relieved.
She may go to her Goat whey quarter where she may have



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fresh &air & gentle exercise, but I expect nothing from
the whey & is even to be employed with Caution. What
will do her most good is Exercise. & best on horseback.
Walking will be of service, if without heat or fatigue.
Cold bathing is improper or at least ambiguous. If towards
the end of the month she may take a tepid bath or
half bath, it will be of service. If she cannot get a
Semicupium conveniently, at least immerge her feet
& legs in warm water for half an hour or an hour in [Start of margin text]the[End of margin text]
Evening: In whatever shape, the bath be, take it
2 hours or more before bedtime, guarding well against
cold for the rest of the Evening, & upon her lying down
a bed she should keep her feet warm & the Pediluvia
with the attentions mentioned should be continued during the
whole of the Menstruation. It is at the time of Menstru¬
ation that medicines are especially to be employed. I am sorry
she uses Anodynes so much. When she uses more Exer¬
cise, I hope she may lay them aside, & they may be
reserved for pains & given in full doses. If given for
the pains which attend the coming on of the Menses the Ano¬
dynes
will promote the flow. I would advise only one
other medicine viz.

↑X↑ Take one drachm each of Aloes Socoterine and the best Asafoetida, one scruple of Polychrest salts, and enough Simple syrup to make a mass. Divide into pills of five grains each. One or two for a dose at bedtime. --

Then I
would have her take every night or 2d night for a week
before the Menses are expected. - Diet as hitherto both
as to meat & wine.

EdinburghMay. 25. 1777.
W. C.

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For Mrs Whytlaw. of Glasgow


Her ailments proceed entirely from difficult & scanty menstru¬
ation
, & till that be mended, she can hardly be relieved.
She may go to her Goat whey quarter where she may have



[Page 2]

fresh &air & gentle exercise, but I expect nothing from
the whey & is even to be employed with Caution. What
will do her most good is Exercise. & best on horseback.
Walkg will be of service, if wout heat or fatigue.
Cold bathg is improper or at least ambiguous. If towards
the end of the month she may take a tepid bath or
half bath, it will be of service. If she cannot get a
Semicupium conveniently, at least immerge her feet
& legs in warm water for half an hour or an hour in [Start of margin text]ye[End of margin text]
Evening: In whatever shape, the bath be, take it
2 hours or more before bedtime, guardg well against
cold for the rest of the Evening, & upon her lying down
a bed she should keep her feet warm & the Pediluvia
w ye attentions mentioned should be continued during the
whole of the Menstruation. It is at the time of Menstru¬
ation that meds are especially to be employed. I am sorry
she uses Anodynes so much. When she uses more Exer¬
cise, I hope she may lay them aside, & they may be
reserved for pains & given in full doses. If given for
the pains wc attend the coming on of the Menses the Ano¬
dynes
will promote the flow. I would advise only one
other medicine viz.


↑X↑Aloes Socotor. As. foetid. opt. @ ʒj
Sal. polychrest. ℈j Syr. simpl. q. s. ut f. m. div. in pilul.
sing. gr. V. One or two for a dose at bedtime. --

Then I
would have her take every night or 2d night for a week
before the Menses are expected. - Diet as hitherto both
as to meat & wine.

Edinr.May. 25. 1777.
W. C.

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