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

 

[ID:4198] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Joseph Harris / Regarding: Mr Joseph Harris (Patient), Miss (Patient), Anonymous (Patient) / 31 December 1777 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'For Joseph Harris Surgeon Whitehaven'. concerning an unnamed fame patient with an eye disorder and an unnamed male patient - presumably Thomas Bushby who they have been treating in the recent past - who is improving

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FieldData
DOC ID 4198
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/10/55
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date31 December 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 Joseph Harris Surgeon Whitehaven'. concerning an unnamed fame patient with an eye disorder and an unnamed male patient - presumably Thomas Bushby who they have been treating in the recent past - who is improving
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:954]
Case of Mr Thomas Bushby who is given detailed advice on cold bathing.
4
[Case ID:1091]
Case of a female patient of Mr Harris at Whitehaven who has an unresponsive eye disorder.
2
[Case ID:2513]
Case of an unnamed male patient attended by Joseph Harris.
1


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:214]AddresseeMr Joseph Harris
[PERS ID:2205]PatientMiss
[PERS ID:2206]Patient
[PERS ID:214]PatientMr Joseph Harris
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:214]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Joseph Harris

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 Whitehaven North-West England Europe certain

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To Mr. Joseph Harris Surgeon Whitehaven---


I have attentively considered your full and distinct account of the
Young Ladys Case & tho Sensibility & weakness are often difficult to mend I have no
doubt but that this Young Lady may entirely get the better of her Com¬
plaints. I dont think the ailment of her Eyes was a consequence of the
Nervous Fever, but entirely owing to a strain which is always recovered very slowly
& possibly might have been recovered sooner if due pains had been taken immediately
after the accident now I think the disease depends upon increased sensibility
& weakness & it may be still as necessary as ever to keep her Eyes from
lights & from all Exercise of her sight which requires any minute
attention such as sewing or reading. I can recommend no outward application
but that of washing her head all over with cold water every morning. If she can
dip her face in cold water & open her Eyelids in it so as to admitt the water
to the Globe of the Eye it will be of service & instead of washing her head
as I have said she shall have the Water poured from a Tea Kettle upon
the Crown of the head it will have a Better Effect-- For Internal medicines
I am of opinion few can be of service & particularly that within Antimony nor
mercury can be of any service at all But in respect of the former swelling of
the Ankle & of the present affection of the knee & my opinion of her having in
general a lax habitt I have prescribed a Tonic Medicine as below.--
This she may take for a fortnight at one time & after the Interval of a
week or two she may again repeat the Exercise once or twice which will
draw on matters to the Spring when the nature of her ailment may
appear more clearly & the Season admitting remedies more properly
I shall be willing & advice further. For your other patient I am
happy to think that my advice has been of some service to him
& that in pursuing the same plan matters will be still further-
mended. I cannot at present propose a better and would only say that it
may be proper both his medicines & bathing for some & in consequence when
he shall return to them again he may find them more powerfull. I
like much his getting out of bed in the middle of the night I
have found it of service in other cases -- By your saying nothing
of your own Headaches I hope you are much better -- --

W. C.
For Miss ----

Take one ounce of Powdered Peruvian bark, cinnamon, two drachms of prepared Powdered Steel, one ounce of Conserve of orange peel and a sufficient quantity of Simple syrup for an Electuary to be made. Label: Strengthening Electuary the bigness of a Filbert to be taken twice a day, washing it down with a glass of Chalybeate Water Natural or Artificial.


N. B. I cannot propose any other application to the knee, but the
Flesh Brush. Let the joint be frequently moved as she sits on a
Chair; but walking or standing are to be employed with great caution.

31st December 1777

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To Mr. Joseph Harris Surgeon Whitehaven---


I have attentively considered your full and distinct accot of the
Young Ladys Case & tho Sensibility & weakness are often difficult to mend I have no
doubt but that this Young Lady may entirely get the better of her Com¬
plaints. I dont think the ailment of her Eyes was a consequence of the
Nervous Fever, but entirely owing to a strain which is always recovered very slowly
& possibly might have been recovered sooner if due pains had been taken immediately
after the accident now I think the disease depends upon increased sensibility
& weakness & it may be still as necessary as ever to keep her Eyes from
lights & from all Exercise of her sight which requires any minute
attention such as sewing or reading. I can recommend no outward application
but that of washing her head all over with cold water every morning. If she can
dip her face in cold water & open her Eyelids in it so as to admitt the water
to the Globe of the Eye it will be of service & instead of washing her head
as I have said she shall have the Water poured from a Tea Kettle upon
the Crown of the head it will have a Better Effect-- For Internal medicines
I am of opinion few can be of service & particularly that within Antimony nor
mercury can be of any service at all But in respect of the former swelling of
the Ankle & of the present affection of the knee & my opinion of her having in
general a lax habitt I have prescribed a Tonic Medicine as below.--
This she may take for a fortnight at one time & after the Interval of a
week or two she may again repeat the Exercise once or twice which will
draw on matters to the Spring when the nature of her ailment may
appear more clearly & the Season admitting remedies more properly
I shall be willing & advice further. For your other patient I am
happy to think that my advice has been of some service to him
& that in pursuing the same plan matters will be still further-
mended. I cannot at present propose a better and would only say that it
may be proper both his medicines & bathing for some & in consequence when
he shall return to them again he may find them more powerfull. I
like much his getting out of bed in the middle of the night I
have found it of service in other cases -- By your saying nothing
of your own Headaches I hope you are much better -- --

W. C.
For Miss ----


Pulv. cort. Peruv. ℥j
---- cinnam.
Limat. Mart. pptt. ʒij
Conserv. e cort. aurant ℥j
Syr. simp. q. s. ut f. Electarium
S. Strengthening Electuary the bigness of a Filbert to be taken twice
a day, washing it down with a glass of Chalybeate Water Natural
or Artificial
-


N. B. I cannot propose any other application to the knee, but the
Flesh Brush. Let the joint be frequently moved as she sits on a
Chair; but walking or standing are to be employed with great caution.

31st Decr 1777

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