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

 

[ID:4576] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Lionel Campbell / Regarding: Miss (Patient) / 14 February 1780 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'For a young woman –– Case communicated by Mr. Lionel Campbell –– Campbellton', whose disease 'depends upon a humour left by the confluent smallpox'. Cullen encloses a prescription and advises on diet and exercise. He leaves 'the treatment of the Ulcer on the neck' to Campbell's skill as a surgeon.

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FieldData
DOC ID 4576
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/12/143
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date14 February 1780
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply 'For a young woman –– Case communicated by Mr. Lionel Campbell –– Campbellton', whose disease 'depends upon a humour left by the confluent smallpox'. Cullen encloses a prescription and advises on diet and exercise. He leaves 'the treatment of the Ulcer on the neck' to Campbell's skill as a surgeon.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:2167]
Case of an unnamed 21 year old woman who has had tumours of the neck after recovering from smallpox.
2


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:673]AddresseeMr Lionel Campbell
[PERS ID:675]PatientMiss
[PERS ID:673]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Lionel Campbell
[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 Campbeltown (Campbelltown) West Highlands Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Campbeltown (Campbelltown) West Highlands Scotland Europe certain

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For a young woman –– Case communicated by Mr.
Lionel Campbell –– Campbellton.


The disease depends upon a humour left by the confluent
smallpox
. Time we hope has lessened its quantity and
acrimony but has not yet eradicated it & some measures must
be taken to prevent its breaking out in more places than it has



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yet done. For this purpose I have prescribed below.
But she should not begin it till mild weather sets
in. the dose may be a table spoonful or two in the mor¬
ning before breakfast, in new drawn cowmilk whey from
half a muchkin to a whole one as the Stomach bears it
& it may be taken in divided draughts. This medicine
should keep regular but not purge & the dose must be di¬
minished or increased as it gives more or less than one
stool a day & at this rate coninued for a month or 6 weeks.
If the whey dont agree with her she may take spring water.


Diet of a midling kind. At supper milk meat but
not in the morning. About an hour after taking the me¬
dicine she may have at breakfast weak tea with bread &
butter as usual, but the butter moderately & always fresh.
At dinner barley broth, plain meat with a moderate
share of roots or greens. No saltmeats, & seldon & sparingly fish.
Plain water for ordinary drink.


Fresh air & exercise especially on horseback towards
summer, Sea bathing. I have no doubt of her recovery
unless the humour fall upon her breast; If it do so write
me & I shall advise what farther or different measures
may be necessary.

Take two ounces of soluble Tartar one ounce of Glauber's Salts and half an ounce each of Spanish sea Salt and Polychrest Salts Dissolve in ten ounces of spring Water and strain. Label: Aperient Solution


I leave the treatment of the Ulcer on the neck to your skill
as a Surgeon.

W.C.
Edinburgh 14th. February 1780

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[Page 1]
For a young woman –– Case communicated by Mr.
Lionel Campbell –– Campbellton.


The disease depends upon a humour left by the confluent
smallpox
. Time we hope has lessened its quantity and
acrimony but has not yet eradicated it & some measures must
be taken to prevent its breaking out in more places than it has



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yet done. For this purpose I have prescribed below.
But she should not begin it till mild weather sets
in. the dose may be a table spoonful or two in the mor¬
ning before breakfast, in new drawn cowmilk whey from
half a muchkin to a whole one as the Stomach bears it
& it may be taken in divided draughts. This medicine
should keep regular but not purge & the dose must be di¬
minished or increased as it gives more or less than one
stool a day & at this rate coninued for a month or 6 weeks.
If the whey dont agree with her she may take spring water.


Diet of a midling kind. At supper milk meat but
not in the morning. About an hour after taking the me¬
dicine she may have at breakfast weak tea with bread &
butter as usual, but the butter moderately & always fresh.
At dinner barley broth, plain meat with a moderate
share of roots or greens. No saltmeats, & seldon & sparingly fish.
Plain water for ordinary drink.


Fresh air & exercise especially on horseback towards
summer, Sea bathing. I have no doubt of her recovery
unless the humour fall upon her breast; If it do so write
me & I shall advise what farther or different measures
may be necessary.


Tart. solub. ℥ij Sal. Glaub. ℥j --- marin. hispan.
--- polychrest. @ ℥ſs Aq. font. ℥x Solve & Cola.
S. Aperient Solution. ----


I leave the treatment of the Ulcer on the neck to your skill
as a Surgeon.

W.C.
Edinr. 14th. Febry. 1780

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