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

 

[ID:4258] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr William Wright / Regarding: Mr Wright (Patient) / 15 June 1778 / (Outgoing)

Reply to 'Dr Wm. Wright at Crieff' concerning the best treatment for his father's urinary retention.

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FieldData
DOC ID 4258
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/10/115
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date15 June 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 to 'Dr Wm. Wright at Crieff' concerning the best treatment for his father's urinary retention.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:979]
Case of the eighty year old father of Dr Willliam Wright who suffers a dangerous 'suppression of urine'.
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People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2278]AddresseeDr William Wright
[PERS ID:2279]PatientMr Wright
[PERS ID:2278]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Wright
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2278]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendDr William Wright

Places linked to this document

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Crieff Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Dr William Wright at Crieff
Dear Sir


I feel your concern & would do all in my power to relieve
both you & the good old man. As the suppression had continued
so long the Bladder must have been much overstretched,
and its tone by that means very much impaired. To recover
that lost tone at your fathers age, must be difficult but not
to be despaired of, but it can only be done slowly & by a constant
attention to avoid any renewal of the Distention by the
frequent use of the Catheter, it is to be hoped the Bladder
may gradually discover some degree of Strength.


What will assist it is difficult to say but you have
very properly applied the garlic onions &c



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which so readly go to the bladder may gently stimulate
there but I cannot so clearly approve of fomentations
and cataplasms which are rather relaxing remedies
Tonics are certainly better suited but it would require
a large quantity of Bark and that long continued to have
any considerabley effect, it is [proble?] his stomach would
not bear what might be necessary There is another
tonic which I have very often employed & with
frequent success in weakness of the bladder & that is
the Uva ursi {illeg} from half a dram to a whole
dram two or three times a day. The best drink in cures
of this kind is a weak punch made without lemon
& if possible with genuine gin I suppose you take
due care of the belly as is necessary in such a case.

W.C
Edinburgh June 15th 1778

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Dr Wm Wright at Crieff
Dr Sir


I feel your concern & wd do all in my power to relieve
both you & the good old man. As the suppression had continued
so long the Bladder must have been much overstretched,
and its tone by that means very much impaired. To recover
that lost tone at your fathers age, must be difficult but not
to be despaired of, but it can only be done slowly & by a constant
attention to avoid any renewal of the Distention by the
frequent use of the Catheter, it is to be hoped the Bladder
may gradually discover some degree of Strength.


What will assist it is difficult to say but you have
very properly applied the garlic onions &c



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which so readly go to the bladder may gently stimulate
there but I cannot so clearly approve of fomentations
and cataplasms which are rather relaxing remedies
Tonics are certainly better suited but it would require
a large quantity of Bark and that long continued to have
any considerabley effect, it is [proble?] his stomach would
not bear what might be necessary There is another
tonic which I have very often employed & with
frequent success in weakness of the bladder & that is
the Uva ursi {illeg} from half a dram to a whole
dram two or three times a day. The best drink in cures
of this kind is a weak punch made without lemon
& if possible with genuine gin I suppose you take
due care of the belly as is necessary in such a case.

W.C
Ed June 15th 1778

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