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

 

[ID:4782] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: George Cochran (Cochrane) / Regarding: George Cochran (Cochrane) (Patient), Mr John Shanks (Patient) / 17 February 1784 / (Outgoing)

Reply to George Cochrane concerning the case of Mr Shanks who is disposed to a Pthisis, and also concerning Cochrane's stomach disorder .

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 4782
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/16/186
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date17 February 1784
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply to George Cochrane concerning the case of Mr Shanks who is disposed to a Pthisis, and also concerning Cochrane's stomach disorder .
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:727]
Case of John Shanks who has a pulmonary condition.
4
[Case ID:2083]
Case of George Cochrane whose case is diagnosed as dyspepsia.
4


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3240]Addressee George Cochran (Cochrane)
[PERS ID:3240]Patient George Cochran (Cochrane)
[PERS ID:3241]PatientMr John Shanks
[PERS ID:3240]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary George Cochran (Cochrane)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:216]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Robert Wallace

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred

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Mr. Shanks
Edinburgh 17th. February 1784
Dear Sir


I have yours yesterday but could not
answer it in course. I cannot help thinking that Mr
Shanks has a strong disposition to Phthisis but
as he has no hereditary taint, as he has formerly
got the better of very bad symptoms and as he
might have done so now had the Season been
more favourable so I hope when the Season mends
which must be very soon by the remedies which
you have properly employed and will continue
to employ he may get the better of all his Com¬
plaints. The bleeding you have employed was
certainly very proper and if the pain of the
right side
should return with difficulty of
breathing
{illeg} Cough and any hardness in the
pulse
a little {illeg} with
{illeg}




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time. It is not plethora but inflammatory diathesis
that we have to struggle with.


The blisterings you have employed were exceedingly
proper and I should think it right to keep up a
constant drain by an issue of one kind or other. There
is nothing I have a better opinion of in such cases
than frequent gentle Vomits. They prove the most
effectual expectorants and at the same time by
determining to the surface of the body prevent
afflux to the lungs. You may continue the Solution
of Ammoniac
or rather of Asafœtida but either
of the [Gums?] may be heating and therefore should
be in small quantity only and the power of your
solution may be increased by some addition of
squills. A little nitre may perhaps be useful
and demulcents may be used at pleasure. I




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find your account of the Case sufficiently full {illeg}
exact and I have nothing more to say but to {illeg}
you to Consult th upon the whole with Mr {illeg}
I forgot to say that Mr. Shanks should {illeg}
present be close confined to the house and {illeg}
diet of milk and farinacea without Animal {illeg}
one one hand or roots or greens on the other.


With respect to your own Case there is {illeg}
about the nature of it. You had before and
have now a biliary stone sticking in the ductus
communis
. I hope this stone shall soon pass
as the other did but I must own I dont know
how to force it immediately off. Vomiting is
sometimes of service but strong and frequent {illeg}
is very improper. The keeping the belly open {illeg}
and necessary. [Scop?] if your stomach could {illeg}
might possibly be useful but it is not to be {illeg}
upon a weak stomach. I find it do better by {illeg}
it from [an?] eight to a fourth of powdered {illeg}
{illeg} find any thing also to {illeg}
but shall be glad you hear from you again. With {illeg}
compliments to Mr. Wallace I am with great regard

Sir your most obedient servant
Wiliam Cullen

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Mr. Shanks
Edinr. 17th. Febry. 1784
Dear Sir


I have yours yesterday but could not
answer it in course. I cannot help thinking that Mr
Shanks has a strong disposition to Phthisis but
as he has no hereditary taint, as he has formerly
got the better of very bad symptoms and as he
might have done so now had the Season been
more favourable so I hope when the Season mends
which must be very soon by the remedies which
you have properly employed and will continue
to employ he may get the better of all his Com¬
plaints. The bleeding you have employed was
certainly very proper and if the pain of the
right side
should return with difficulty of
breathing
{illeg} Cough and any hardness in the
pulse
a little {illeg} with
{illeg}




[Page 2]


time. It is not plethora but inflammatory diathesis
that we have to struggle with.


The blisterings you have employed were exceedingly
proper and I should think it right to keep up a
constant drain by an issue of one kind or other. There
is nothing I have a better opinion of in such cases
than frequent gentle Vomits. They prove the most
effectual expectorants and at the same time by
determining to the surface of the body prevent
afflux to the lungs. You may continue the Solution
of Ammoniac
or rather of Asafœtida but either
of the [Gums?] may be heating and therefore should
be in small quantity only and the power of your
solution may be increased by some addition of
squills. A little nitre may perhaps be useful
and demulcents may be used at pleasure. I




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find your account of the Case sufficiently full {illeg}
exact and I have nothing more to say but to {illeg}
you to Consult th upon the whole with Mr {illeg}
I forgot to say that Mr. Shanks should {illeg}
present be close confined to the house and {illeg}
diet of milk and farinacea without Animal {illeg}
one one hand or roots or greens on the other.


With respect to your own Case there is {illeg}
about the nature of it. You had before and
have now a biliary stone sticking in the ductus
communis
. I hope this stone shall soon pass
as the other did but I must own I dont know
how to force it immediately off. Vomiting is
sometimes of service but strong and frequent {illeg}
is very improper. The keeping the belly open {illeg}
and necessary. [Scop?] if your stomach could {illeg}
might possibly be useful but it is not to be {illeg}
upon a weak stomach. I find it do better by {illeg}
it from [an?] eight to a fourth of powdered {illeg}
{illeg} find any thing also to {illeg}
but shall be glad you hear from you again. With {illeg}
compliments to Mr. Wallace I am with great regard

Sir your most obedient servant
Wiliam Cullen

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