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

 

[ID:4204] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Gavin Fullarton / Regarding: Mrs McDonald (Patient), Mr McDonald (Patient) / 28 January 1778 / (Outgoing)

Reply headed 'To Mr Fullarton C. Mr __ & Mrs ___'.. Patients identified as Mr and Mrs MacDonald from Letter ID 1477, to which this is the response.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 4204
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/10/61
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date28 January 1778
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 headed 'To Mr Fullarton C. Mr __ & Mrs ___'.. Patients identified as Mr and Mrs MacDonald from Letter ID 1477, to which this is the response.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1016]
Case of the son of Alexander McDonald who, like his father, has had venereal infections, possibly passed to his wife, and has now had a stroke. His wife is Case 1017.
2
[Case ID:1017]
Case of the wife of Mr Macdonald (Case 1016), who is showing signs of a venereal infection contracted from her husband (Case 1016).
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:623]AddresseeMr Gavin Fullarton
[PERS ID:146]PatientMrs McDonald
[PERS ID:2176]PatientMr McDonald
[PERS ID:623]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Gavin Fullarton
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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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 Greenock Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred

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To Mr Fullarton C. Mr ---- & Mrs -----


As to the Palsy I think it mending & the remedies I
would chiefly depend upon are Friction Electricity and
perhaps cold bathing, the management of all which I leave
to you; but I think this affection must be neglected till
another circumstance is discussed - From the sore on the
Gums & inside of the Lip I suspect the Venereal Taint
not quite gone & think it necessary to put him on a
Mercurial Course again & let it be carried to a sensible
effect & continued or perhaps increased pro re nata 1



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Let me advise you to give him the Dec of Sarsaparill
with
Mezereon. I doubt know if you are acquainted with this
Remedy which is often of considerably efficacy if properly
employed. Take care to employ the Bark of the Root only
& if you have none of your own be sure that what you get be
very fresh & very Acrid -


For his Wife the sore on her leg rather Scrophulous
than Venereal & as that arose from the Scratch of
a Pin
& no other Blotch ever appeared or in a
great length of time has yet appeared I am still
more doubtfull of her being tainted with any
thing Venereal - I did not question her as I am
told she is ignorant of the circumstances of her
husband; but old Mrs---- assures me that there
is no ↑morbid↑ appearance about the Pudenda or throat
All this would make me defer putting her upon
a Course of Medicines for some time; but as there is
some ground for Suspicion you may pay attention
to every new appiarance &.co

Edinburgh 28th January 1778.

Notes:

1: "As circumstance requires".

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
To Mr Fullarton C. Mr ---- & Mrs -----


As to the Palsy I think it mending & the remedies I
would chiefly depend upon are Friction Electricity and
perhaps cold bathing, the management of all wc I leave
to you; but I think this affection must be neglected till
another circumstance is discussed - From the sore on the
Gums & inside of the Lip I suspect the Venereal Taint
not quite gone & think it necessary to put him on a
Mercurial Course again & let it be carried to a sensible
effect & contd or perhaps increased pro re nata 1



[Page 2]

Let me advise you to give him the Dec of Sarsaparill
with
Mezereon. I doubt know if you are acquainted with this
Remedy which is often of considerably efficacy if properly
employed. Take care to employ the Bark of the Root only
& if you have none of your own be sure that what you get be
very fresh & very Acrid -


For his Wife the sore on her leg rather Scrophulous
than Venereal & as that arose from the Scratch of
a Pin
& no other Blotch ever appeared or in a
great length of time has yet appeared I am still
more doubtfull of her being tainted with any
thing Venereal - I did not question her as I am
told she is ignorant of the circumstances of her
husband; but old Mrs---- assures me that there
is no ↑morbid↑ appearance about the Pudenda or throat
All this would make me defer putting her upon
a Course of Med.s for some time; but as there is
some ground for Suspicion you may pay attention
to every new appiarance &.co

Edinr 28th Jan.ry 1778.

Notes:

1: "As circumstance requires".

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