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

 

[ID:4099] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Robert Laing (of Strynzia, Orkney) / Regarding: Mr Malcolm Laing (Patient), Mr Robert Laing (Patient), Mr Samuel Laing (Patient) / August? 1777? / (Outgoing)

Reply 'To Robert Laing of Orkney C[oncerning] his sons'

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FieldData
DOC ID 4099
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/9/72
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
DateAugust? 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 'To Robert Laing of Orkney C[oncerning] his sons'
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:18]
Case of Malcolm Laing of Strinzia (in Orkney), who has a scrophulous complaint.
5
[Case ID:2078]
Case of Samuel Laing of Strinzia (Orkney), who is consumptive.
2
[Case ID:2155]
Case of Robert Laing with sores on the skin.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2082]AddresseeMr Robert Laing (of Strynzia, Orkney)
[PERS ID:2081]PatientMr Samuel Laing
[PERS ID:1756]PatientMr Malcolm Laing
[PERS ID:2020]PatientMr Robert Laing
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:524]Other Physician / SurgeonMr Balfour
[PERS ID:2082]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Robert Laing (of Strynzia, Orkney)

Places linked to this document

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 Kirkwall Orkneys Scotland Europe inferred

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To Robert Laing Esqr. Orkney C his Sons.


I was kept long in the country just about the time that your family
were preparing to go North. I came home indeed before they went away
but I was so hurried by the business accumulated in my absence that I could not
send this letter by them & was less anxious about it as Mr Balfour had said the
needfull. However I think it my duty to give you a little of my opinion. The
humour they are affected with seems to be in their bodies in considerable quantity
& therefore will require time to be got the better of. But I am still of opinion that
time will do it for the management of their sores Mr. Balfour has sent the
necessary medicines Mr. Balfour has sent the necessary medicines & given the
necessary directions & for internal medicines he has likeways very properly
advised the use of the Tussilago decoction; & for this sent the Receipt along with them
He has likewise properly advised a dose of the Polychrest Salt to be taken once
a week & it will be enough for the remaining part of thys this year &
Winter but towards the spring if there appears any return of the humour
it may be proper to give the Polychrest 3 times in a fortnight or
perhaps twice a week. I say this specially with regard to Mr Samuel; but
with regard to Mr. Malcolm I must say that if he has any return of
cough or pain of his breast or spitting of Blood no kind of salts or
saline medicines will be proper for him & he must keep to the
Tussilago Decoction
alone. As Mr Balfour has advised Mr Samuel may
just now try to drink Sea water to the quantity that will keep his
Belly
regular without purging and if his neck continues to mend
he may try the Bathing in the Sea every other day. If he takes
to the salt water & that it seems to agree with him he may about
the end of February or beginning of March next begin to drink the salt water
and if he does he need not take the Polychrest Salt above once a
week. Their diet may be the same as hitherto avoiding Fish &
all salted or seasoned meats; but if Mr Malcolm is during the winter &
especially towards the spring has any cough & is otherways threatened with
breast complaints I would have him in that case abstain altogether from
animal food. While any part of this harvest remains tolerably mild & dry it
would be proper to set Mr Malcolm on Horseback as often as you conveniently can
& as soon in the spring as any tolerable weather sets in I would advise the same measure
This is all I can find necessary at present but if any thing new occurrs
with respect to your sons in the Course of Winter I shall be ready & very
desireous to give the advice I can.

being with great regard &c
W.C.

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To Robert Laing Esqr. Orkney C his Sons.


I was kept long in ye country just about the time that your family
were preparing to go North. I came home indeed before they went away
but I was so hurried by the business accumulated in my absence that I could not
send this letter by ym & was less anxious about it as Mr Balfour had sd. ye
needfull. However I think it my duty to give you a little of my opinion. The
humour they are affected wt. seems to be in yr bodies in considerable quantity
& yrfore will require time to be got the better of. But I am still of opinion yt.
time will do it for ye management of yr. sores Mr. Balfour has sent ye
necessary medicines Mr. Balfour has sent ye necessary medicines & given ye
necessary directions & for internal medicines he has likeways very properly
advised the use of the Tussilago decoction; & for this sent ye Rect. along wt. ym
He has likewise properly advised a dose of ye Polychrest Salt to be taken once
a week & it will be enough for ye remaining part of thys this year &
Winter but towards the spring if there appears any return of the humour
it may be proper to give the Polychrest 3 times in a 4 night or
perhaps twice a week. I say this specially wt. regard to Mr Saml.; but
wt. regard to Mr. Malcolm I must say that if he has any return of
cough or pain of his breast or spitting of Blood no kind of salts or
saline medicines will be proper for him & he must keep to the
Tussilago Decot:
alone. As Mr Balfour has advised Mr Saml. may
just now try to drink Sea water to ye quantity yt will keep his
Belly
regular wt.out purging and if his neck continues to mend
he may try the Bathing in the Sea every other day. If he takes
to the salt water & that it seems to agree wt. him he may about
ye end of Febry or beginning of March next begin to drink the salt water
and if he does he need not take the Polychrest Salt above once a
week. Their diet may be the same as hitherto avoiding Fish &
all salted or seasoned meats; but if Mr Malcolm is during ye winter &
especially towards the spring has any cough & is otherways threatened wt.
breast compl.ts I would have him in that case abstain altogether from
animal food. While any part of this harvest remains tolerably mild & dry it
would be proper to set Mr Malcolm on Horseback as often as you conveniently can
& as soon in ye spring as any tolerable weather sets in I would advise ye same measure
This is all I can find necessary at present but if any thing new occurrs
wt respt. to your sons in the Course of Winter I shall be ready & very
desireous to give ye advice I can.

being with great regard &c
W.C.

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