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

 

[ID:4140] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr David Goodsir / Regarding: Mr William Henderson (Patient) / 17 September 1777? / (Outgoing)

Concerning 'Mr W Henderson', who is advised to rest from business . Reads as being addressed to a local practitioner (who has not provided Cullen with enough information), but no incoming letter traced. However Henderson's letter of the 21st September (the next in this Case) mentions him first seeing Cullen in person at Edinburgh two weeks earlier (i.e. around the 7th of September).

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 4140
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/9/113
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date17 September 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 Concerning 'Mr W Henderson', who is advised to rest from business . Reads as being addressed to a local practitioner (who has not provided Cullen with enough information), but no incoming letter traced. However Henderson's letter of the 21st September (the next in this Case) mentions him first seeing Cullen in person at Edinburgh two weeks earlier (i.e. around the 7th of September).
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:197]
Case of William Henderson who is seriously ill with severe weakness, sweatings, a disordered bowel and 'insensitivity' in his 'left limb'.
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People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1295]AddresseeDr David Goodsir
[PERS ID:2124]PatientMr William Henderson
[PERS ID:1295]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr David Goodsir
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Leven Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred

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Mr W- Henderson.--


His ailment seems manifestly brought on by accident it is to be
hoped that it may be entirely cured, but the recovery of every state
of weakness- requires time. --- Avoid any renewal of the causes
& therefore that he abstains from reading or writing for some time.
Necessary that he should avoid being in so full light-. & that he sit
constantly in a dark or at least a darkened chamber. ---- With that mea¬
sure the most promising remedy is the Cold bath, taking care his
hair be entirely cut off, & that the water is always first applied
to his head- ---- He may also expect some benefit from the
Bark especially if joined with a portion of the Rubigo chalybeate
Prepared-- I propose these remedies,- proceeding upon the Supposition
that there have been no marks of inflammatory congestion in the
vessels of the eye & yet the bleeding with leeches & frequent pur¬
ging seems as if some congistion had been suspected but as my
information gives me no reason to suspect it I suppose the measures
were precautions without any strong indication & I also suppose
that since they have agreed to Cold bathing & bark, they have super¬
seeded frequent purging. I need tho' purging is improper, keeping
belly regular is necessary. As I am not bold of there having been
any external affection of the eyes. I cannot think that external
applications can be of any signification. but I am ready to suspect
my information on this Subject has not been complete

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W C

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Mr W- Henderson.--


His ailmt seems manifestly brought on by accidt it is to be
hoped that it may be entirely cured, but the recovery of every state
of weakness- requires time. --- Avoid any renewal of the causes
& therefore that he abstains from reading or writing for some time.
Necessary that he should avoid being in so full light-. & that he sit
constantly in a dark or at least a darkened chamber. ---- With that mea¬
sure the most promising remedy is the Cold bath, taking care his
hair be entirely cut off, & that the water is always first applied
to his head- ---- He may also expect some benefit from the
Bark especially if joined with a portion of the Rubigo chaly
PPt-- I propose these remedies,- proceeding upon the Supposition
that there have been no marks of inflammatory congestion in the
vessels of the eye & yet the bleedg with leeches & frequent pur¬
ging seems as if some congistion had been suspected but as my
information gives me no reason to suspect it I suppose the measures
were precautions wt any strong indication & I also suppose
that since they have agreed to Cold bathing & bark, they have super¬
seeded frequent purging. I need tho' purging is improper, keeping
belly regular is necessary. As I am not bold of there having been
any external affection of the eyes. I cannot think that external
applications can be of any signification. but I am ready to suspect
my information on this Subject has not been complete

Septr 17--
W C

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