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

 

[ID:4087] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mrs Anna Allan (Wallace) (of Row) / Regarding: Mrs Elizabeth Allan (Colquhoun) (of Row) (Patient) / 16 June 1777 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Mrs Row C.'; a subtitle reads 'Ostensible Letter', with a 'Secret Letter' added below, diagnosing her with 'Hysteric Melancholy proceeding from religious considerations'.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 4087
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/9/60
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date16 June 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, 'Mrs Row C.'; a subtitle reads 'Ostensible Letter', with a 'Secret Letter' added below, diagnosing her with 'Hysteric Melancholy proceeding from religious considerations'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:819]
Case of Mrs Allan, the wife of the minister at Row, who is diagnosed as being an 'hysterical melancholic' arising from religious considerations' but whose condition improves with a regimen and medicines.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2074]AddresseeMrs Anna Allan (of Row)
[PERS ID:2076]PatientMrs Elizabeth Allan (of Row)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2075]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendReverend John Allan (secundus, of Row)
[PERS ID:2074]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Anna Allan (of Row)

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Rhu (Row) Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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Mrs Allan at Row C.
Ostensible Letter.


Ailment Nervous –––– Hysteric Melancholy
The remedy to be depended upon is Riding on Horse
Back or in a Carriage – Best a Journey of some
length or Riding some hours every day.
If a Journey is entered upon, no medicines
but a Laxative to obviate Costiveness which
travelling may increase –– If she stays at
home besides daily and assiduous Exercise
she is to use the Medicine ordered below.


This has a tendency to purge; but the dose
must just keep the Belly regular & to be adjusted so.
To be continued for a month & I can advise
no ↑other↑ medicine till I know how this succeeds


Diet – No Tea or Coffee – Breakfast Milk
& water Gruel or water gruel alone alone more [solids?]
at Dinner a bit of plain solid meat avoiding
any kinds kinds that lye heavy on her stomach
Avoid all windy or cold Garden things ––
Safest drink water –– no malt Liquors. –
Wine doubtfull & if strong drink necessary



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some Spirits & water. –– Avoid solitude as
much as possible ––

For Miss

Take 2 ounces of Soluble Tartar, an ounce of Polychrest Salts, half an ounce of Spanish Sea Salt, and 4 ounces each of simple Cinnamon Water and spring water. Dissolve, strain and label: Aperient Solution two table spoonfulls to be mixed with half a muchkin of spring water taken at two or three draughts in the morning b an hour before breakfast walking about between whiles.

Secret Letter


The case of your freind an Hysteric Melancholy
proceeding from religious considerations so much
the worse, but does not vary the measures ––
The danger is that it affect her mind – but
I can advise nothing more than what is above.
It might be supposed that Mr Allans discourse
conversation might be of service to her; but
I never knew reasoning have much effect in such Cases.

June 16. 1777.

Diplomatic Text

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Mrs Allan at Row C.
Ostensible Letter.


Ailment Nervous –––– Hysteric Melancholy
The remedy to be depended upon is Riding on Horse
Back or in a Carriage – Best a Journey of some
length or Riding some hours every day.
If a Journey is entered upon, no medicines
but a Laxative to obviate Costiveness which
travelling may increase –– If she stays at
home besides daily and assiduous Exercise
she is to use the Med. ordered below.


This has a tendency to purge; but the dose
must just keep the Belly regr. & to be adjusted so.
To be continued for a month & I can advise
no ↑other↑ med. till I know how this succeeds


Diet – No Tea or Coffee – Breakfast Milk
& water Gruel or water gruel alone alone more [solids?]
at Dinner a bit of plain solid meat avoiding
any kinds kinds that lye heavy on her stomach
Avoid all windy or cold Garden things ––
Safest drink water –– no malt Liquors. –
Wine doubtfull & if strong drink necessary



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some Spirits & water. –– Avoid solitude as
much as possible ––

For Miss


Tartar Solubil ℥ii
Sal. polychrest. ℥i
marin. Hispan. ℥ſs
Aq. cinnamom. simpl.
font. @ ℥iv
Solve cola et S. Aperient Solution two
table spoonfulls to be mixed with half
a muchkin of spring water taken at two or
three draughts in the morng b an hour
before breakfast walking about between whiles.

Secret Letter


The case of your freind an Hysteric Melancholy
proceeding from religious considerations so much
the worse, but does not vary the measures ––
The danger is that it affect her mind – but
I can advise nothing more than what is above.
It might be supposed that Mr Allans discourse
conversation might be of service to her; but
I never knew reasoning have much effect in such Cases.

June 16. 1777.

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