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

 

[ID:4429] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr William Wightman / Regarding: Mrs Grieve (Patient) / 15 May 1779 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Mr Wightman Q[uery] Mrs Grieve. Cullen approves Wightman's treatment of her cough, and suggests also using the juice of tussilago leaves.

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FieldData
DOC ID 4429
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/11/167
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date15 May 1779
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, 'Mr Wightman Q[uery] Mrs Grieve. Cullen approves Wightman's treatment of her cough, and suggests also using the juice of tussilago leaves.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:726]
Case of Mrs Grieve who apparently consulted Cullen in winter of 1778-79 for a stomach ailment. She has a long history of arm pains; in February 1777 underwent a partial mastectomy for suspected breast cancer in 1779 develops respiratory difficulties.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2385]AddresseeMr William Wightman
[PERS ID:2583]PatientMrs Grieve
[PERS ID:2385]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Wightman
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Eyemouth (Eymouth) Borders Scotland Europe inferred

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Mr Wightman Query Mrs Grieve. –
Dear Sir


I was favoured with yours yesterday concerning Mrs Grieve.
If there has been no application of cold to account for the
present cough
, which application is often unheeded & unobserved
I shall think the coming of the cough a bad appearance.
However that may be, the bleeding blistering & demulcents
were the most promising remedies. I have only to say that
till this cough & frequency of pulse are much gone I would lay
aside the guaiacum & Mezereon & every heating thing. ––


But I doubt if the opiate is to be reckoned among these unless
from particular experience you find it to be so –– In the mean
time the opiate by quiting the Cough & giving sleep will do
more service than it can do harm by irritation. Go on with
your demulcent course both in medicine & diet, & I have
only to advise four ounces of the juice of Tussilago leaves
fresh expressed to be taken every day, one half in the morning
the other in the Evening. – If more agreeable a little sugar
may be put to every dose, & if she pleases she may
take the juice by two table spoonfulls at a time.
I have found this remedy of service in the care of tubercles
–– The Tartar emetic may be continued but no
farther than to keep the belly regular. ––––

W.C.
Edinburgh 15th. May
1779

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Mr Wightman Q Mrs Grieve. –
Dr Sir


I was favoured with yours yesterday concerning Mrs Grieve.
If there has been no application of cold to account for the
present cough
, wc application is often unheeded & unobserved
I shall think the coming of the cough a bad appearance.
However that may be, the bleeding blistering & demulcents
were the most promising remedies. I have only to say that
till this cough & frequency of pulse are much gone I would lay
aside the guaiacum & Mezereon & every heating thing. ––


But I doubt if the opiate is to be reckoned among these unless
from particular experience you find it to be so –– In the mean
time the opiate by quiting the Cough & giving sleep will do
more service than it can do harm by irritation. Go on with
your demulcent course both in medicine & diet, & I have
only to advise four ounces of the juice of Tussilago leaves
fresh expressed to be taken every day, one half in the morng
the other in the Eveng. – If more agreeable a little sugar
may be put to every dose, & if she pleases she may
take the juice by two table spoonfulls at a time.
I have found this remedy of service in the care of tubercles
–– The Tartar emetic may be continued but no
farther than to keep the belly regular. ––––

W.C.
Edinr. 15th. May
1779

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