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

 

[ID:4750] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr William Colvill (Colville) / Regarding: Mrs Abigail Grier (Patient) / 21 November 1783 / (Outgoing)

Reply addressed to Mr Colville concerning his patient Abigail Greer, who he had presented as having spasmodic asthma, though Cullen questions this diagnosis.

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DOC ID 4750
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/16/154
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date21 November 1783
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TypeMachine copy
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Summary Reply addressed to Mr Colville concerning his patient Abigail Greer, who he had presented as having spasmodic asthma, though Cullen questions this diagnosis.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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[Case ID:1582]
Case of Abigail Grier [Greer] who is debilitated with a feverish asthmatic chest condition.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3009]AddresseeMr William Colvill (Colville)
[PERS ID:3010]PatientMrs Abigail Grier
[PERS ID:3009]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Colvill (Colville)
[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 Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe certain

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Mr Colville Concerning Abigail Greer


Not being in Town I missed the opportunity of last
Post but I am very willing to give your Patient the best
advice I can but I do not perceive very closely the nature
of her disease. From your account I must consider it
as Nervous and Spasmodic but I have met with
very few instances of Spasmodic Asthma that were
as constant as to confine a person almost entirely to
bed and though Asthmatics do not easily bear bodily
motion yet almost all of them are easiest when in
somewhat of an erect posture. The singularities of your
patient puzzle me a little but I must take it as
you have given it. If the Case is purely spasmodic
you have done right in relieving it by the Tincture
Thebaica
and you may find some benefit by giving
sometimes a dose of salt of Hartshorn made into
a bolus with some Spermacete and exhibited in a
wafer. Beside these I would advise a perpetual




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blister on the back or side and as far as she can bear
them frequent gentle pukes by a small dose of IpecacĀ¬
cuanha
assisted with Chamomile tea. This is all that
occurrs to me at present and wishing you heartily
success I am


Sir
Your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinburgh 21st. November
1783

Diplomatic Text

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Mr Colville C Abigail Greer


Not being in Town I missed the opportunity of last
Post but I am very willing to give your Patient the best
advice I can but I do not perceive very closely the nature
of her disease. From your account I must consider it
as Nervous and Spasmodic but I have met with
very few instances of Spasmodic Asthma that were
as constant as to confine a person almost entirely to
bed and though Asthmatics do not easily bear bodily
motion yet almost all of them are easiest when in
somewhat of an erect posture. The singularities of your
patient puzzle me a little but I must take it as
you have given it. If the Case is purely spasmodic
you have done right in relieving it by the Tincture
Thebaica
and you may find some benefit by giving
sometimes a dose of salt of Hartshorn made into
a bolus with some Spermacete and exhibited in a
wafer. Beside these I would advise a perpetual




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blister on the back or side and as far as she can bear
them frequent gentle pukes by a small dose of IpecacĀ¬
cuanha
assisted with Chamomile tea. This is all that
occurrs to me at present and wishing you heartily
success I am


Sir
Your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinr. 21st. Novr.
1783

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