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

 

[ID:4325] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Hutchinson / Regarding: Mr A Bruce (Patient) / 13 October 1778 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'To Mr Hutchinson C[oncerning] Mr A Bruce', mainly commenting on value of the repeated venesections and use of medications.

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DOC ID 4325
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/11/63
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date13 October 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 Mr Hutchinson C[oncerning] Mr A Bruce', mainly commenting on value of the repeated venesections and use of medications.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:2529]
Case of Mr A. Bruce whose cough and breathing problems are considered rheumatic.
2


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2503]AddresseeMr Hutchinson
[PERS ID:2504]PatientMr A Bruce
[PERS ID:2503]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Hutchinson
[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
Mentioned / Other Harrogate North-East England Europe certain

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To Mr Hutchinson Concerning Mr A Bruce


Not positive about the Cause, but the bathing in Harro¬
gate Water has probably had a share in it; but there
is plainly a determination to the head & I think your
Venesection & Blistering have been both proper. If any disor¬
der of his brain or Head remain or recur I would apply
a fresh blister, over the Perpetual one &c


If his Pulse becomes full while the affection of
his increases or having gone away recurs. [Repeat?] Venesection
but if his Pulse has been sometimes low, I am averse
to large Evacuations & therefore to much purging
but it is very necessary to keep his belly open by
gentle Medicines as Cream of Tartar or Soluble Tartar with
Manna. I have no objection to the continuance
of your Vol. neutral Drops nor to James Powder
if they do not purge, he has been a good deal of late
accustomed to an Antimonial medicine


I think he might be the better of having his feet
& legs bathing every Evening in tepid water &cc


Tho he should at times become restless & miss his
sleep
I am averse to Opiates but would willingly give
him a Dose Draught of ten grains of good musk.


If he can bear it, he might be the better of going
out in a Carriage.

Edinburgh 13th October 1778

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To Mr Hutchinson C Mr A Bruce


Not positive about the Cause, but the bathing in Harro¬
gate Water has probably had a share in it; but there
is plainly a determination to the head & I think your
V.S. & Blistering have been both proper. If any disor¬
der of his brain or H remain or recur I would apply
a fresh blister, over the Perpetual one &c


If his Pulse becomes full while the affection of
his increases or having gone away recurs. [Rept?] V.S.
but if his Pulse has been sometimes low, I am averse
to large Evacuations & therefore to much purging
but it is very necessary to keep his belly open by
gentle Meds as Crem. tartar or Sol. Tartar with
Manna. I have no objection to the continuance
of your Vol. neutral Drops nor to James Powder
if they do not purge, he has been a good deal of late
accustomed to an Antimonial medicine


I think he might be the better of having his feet
& legs bathing every Eveng in tepid water &cc


Tho he should at times become restless & miss his
sleep
I am averse to Opiates but would willingly give
him a Dose Draught of ten grains of good musk.


If he can bear it, he might be the better of going
out in a Carriage.

Edr 13th Octr 1778

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