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

 

[ID:4259] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: [ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN] / Regarding: Captain James Maxwell (Patient), Sir William Maxwell (of Calderwood, 5th Bt.) (Patient) / 23 June 1778 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'For Captn Maxwell', discussing how best to take a course of goat whey. Cullen also alludes to directions already given to Sir William Maxwell of Calderwood. The Captain is presumably going to Arran because both men (presumably related), are found visiting Arran for a repeat goat whey course in 1779.

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DOC ID 4259
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/10/116
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date23 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 'For Captn Maxwell', discussing how best to take a course of goat whey. Cullen also alludes to directions already given to Sir William Maxwell of Calderwood. The Captain is presumably going to Arran because both men (presumably related), are found visiting Arran for a repeat goat whey course in 1779.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:779]
Case of Captain James Maxwell of Faskally who has a chest complaint for which he takes a course of goat whey.
13
[Case ID:1149]
Case of William Maxwell of Calderwood whose condition, probably consumptive, has not improved but who is going once again to Arran to take goat-whey, on which treatment Cullen gives detailed advice. He is to be accompanied by Captain James (See Case 779).
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2405]PatientSir William Maxwell (of Calderwood, 5th Bt.)
[PERS ID:2372]PatientCaptain James Maxwell
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2405]OtherSir William Maxwell (of Calderwood, 5th Bt.)

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 Calderwood Castle / Calderwood East Kilbride Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Arran Western Isles Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Calderwood Castle / Calderwood East Kilbride Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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For Captn Maxwell


He should begin beg to drink the goat whey at seven in the morning
or half an hour before it. He may take the first draught in bed
but should get up before he takes the second which may be in half an
hour after. He should begin by taking a gill only at one
Draught & repeat every half hour till be has taken three such
for the first or second day but the day after if he finds the
whey sits easy enough on his stomach he may take four
Draughts & by degrees he may increase the quantity of each
till he can take four half mutchkins every Morning.


Farther he should never go & even in going so far he



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should do it by slow degrees only & never go faster or farther
than his stomach easily bears. If the goats can be brought
to near home as that the Milk may be curdled with the heat
it has from the goats it will be best, but however it is to be done
let care be taken to keep the whey warm, while the Captn is
drinking it, and it will be best done by the vessel containing
the whey in another vessel filled with warm water.


Let so much milk always be curdled as will give enough of whey
by merely breaking the whey by without pressing it.


While he is drinking the whey at the interval of half an
hour between each draught he should walk walk about
a little, if the weather is fine without Doors but if it is cold or
wet be should keep withn. He should not take breakfast
till an hour after the finishing of the his whey & if the
weather is good he may ride out gently for half an hour after
before breakfast. For the conduct of the rest of the day it is to be
the same as directed for Calderwood. He should be often on horseback
but never long at one time, & he must avoid either great heat or
much damps & this will direct his management for mid day ↑&↑
Evening. - I can find no reason for changing my directions about
diet. The Cough must be more entirely gone before I do.


I have no medicines to propose for the goat whey course except
the same laxative pills that I ordered before and to be used in the
same manner.

W.C
Edinburgh 23d June 1778

Diplomatic Text

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For Captn Maxwell


He should begin beg to drink the goat whey at seven in ye morng
or half an hour before it. He may take the first draught in bed
but should get up before he takes ye second which may be in half an
hour after. He should begin by taking a gill only at one
Draught & repeat every half hour till be has taken three such
for the first or second day but the day after if he finds the
whey sits easy enough on his stomach he may take four
Draughts & by degrees he may increase the quantity of each
till he can take four half mutchkins every Morng.


Farther he should never go & even in going so far he



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should do it by slow degrees only & never go faster or farther
than his stomach easily bears. If the goats can be brought
to near home as that the Milk may be curdled with the heat
it has from the goats it will be best, but however it is to be done
let care be taken to keep the whey warm, while the Captn is
drinking it, and it will be best done by the vessel containing
the whey in another vessel filled with warm water.


Let so much milk always be curdled as will give enough of whey
by merely breaking the whey by without pressing it.


While he is drinking the whey at the interval of half an
hour between each draught he should walk walk about
a little, if the weather is fine without Doors but if it is cold or
wet be should keep withn. He should not take breakfast
till an hour after the finishing of the his whey & if the
weather is good he may ride out gently for half an hour after
before breakfast. For the conduct of the rest of the day it is to be
the same as directed for Calderwood. He should be often on horseback
but never long at one time, & he must avoid either great heat or
much damps & this will direct his management for mid day ↑&↑
Eveng. - I can find no reason for changing my directions about
diet. The Cough must be more entirely gone before I do.


I have no medicines to propose for the goat whey course except
the same laxative pills that I ordered before and to be used in the
same manner.

W.C
Edinr 23d June 1778

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