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

 

[ID:4840] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Gilbert Laurie / Regarding: Miss Laurie (Patient) / 29 May 1784 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Miss Laurie'. Although the letter is signed only by Cullen, the 'we' used to throughout refers to both him and Alexander Wood.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 4840
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/17/36
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date29 May 1784
Annotation None
TypeMachine scribal copy
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, 'Miss Laurie'. Although the letter is signed only by Cullen, the 'we' used to throughout refers to both him and Alexander Wood.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1743]
Case of Miss Laurie who is poorly with a feverish cough, especially at night, and a menstrual irregularity.
3


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2240]AddresseeMr Gilbert Laurie
[PERS ID:3305]PatientMiss Laurie
[PERS ID:588]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Alexander Wood
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2240]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Gilbert Laurie
[PERS ID:588]Supplemental AuthorMr Alexander Wood

Places linked to this document

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 Polmont Mid Scotland Scotland Europe inferred

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Miss Laurie
[Dear Sir?]


We have considered very fully and attentively
the whole of your letter and all that one of us knew
before of your Daughters Case. We must own that
we are much disappointed in her not receiving from
the measure Pursued in the Country more benefit
than She has done and are sorry to find that
some other measures will be necessary.


We propose in the first place that a little
blood should be taken from her Arm about four
and at most Six Ounces and when it is taken
let her be laid along upon a bed that she may
bear it the better.


The day after the bleeding let her have
a gentle Vomit of from five to ten grains of Ipeca¬
cuanha
more or less as it is known that she is
more or less easy to Vomit. Let her take it in
the Evening that she may go to bed soon after




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it.


If these measures do not relieve her thirst and
breathing
and render her Cough easier and more loose
in a day or two after a blister must be applied between
her shoulders
. It may be about four inches broad
at top and as long but tapering from the top to the
bottom and while this lies on, let her drink freely
of Arabic Emulsion.


With a view both to her Breast complaints ↑and obstructions↑
we have sent you a Box of Pectoral pills of which
she is to take two every night at bed time.


These are the new remedies we have at
present to propose but desire by all means she
should continue her Asses milk and her Riding
as she does at present, only if the Easterly winds
continue she must be cautious of going abroad in
the Evening.


Although her appetite were better we




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would not wish her to take more Animal food than
the Calfs foot jelly and perhaps a little broth at
dinner. We dont think the glass of wine in her jelly
is too much and we would not willingly take away
her Claret while she can be engaged to take a bit of
bread along with it. We do not find it necessary to
make any alteration either in her Breakfast or
Supperr This is all that occurrs to us at present
and when any thing new occurrs you
may depend upon the utmost attention
from


Dear Sir
Your most Obedient Servants
William Cullen

Edinburgh 29th. May
1784



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For Miss Laurie

Take three drachms of Extract of Liquorice and one drachm of the best Myrrh. Into the extract, in tiny amounts, pour a sufficient quantity of hot water to soften it to a pulp, bruise, then add the myrrh, ground into a fine powder, with a sufficient quantity of water to form a mass to be divided into single pills of five grains. Label: Pectoral Pills. Two to be taken every night at bedtime.

W. C.

29th May
1784.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Miss Laurie
[Dear Sir?]


We have considered very fully and attentively
the whole of your letter and all that one of us knew
before of your Daughters Case. We must own that
we are much disappointed in her not receiving from
the measure Pursued in the Country more benefit
than She has done and are sorry to find that
some other measures will be necessary.


We propose in the first place that a little
blood should be taken from her Arm about four
and at most Six Ounces and when it is taken
let her be laid along upon a bed that she may
bear it the better.


The day after the bleeding let her have
a gentle Vomit of from five to ten grains of Ipeca¬
cuanha
more or less as it is known that she is
more or less easy to Vomit. Let her take it in
the Evening that she may go to bed soon after




[Page 2]


it.


If these measures do not relieve her thirst and
breathing
and render her Cough easier and more loose
in a day or two after a blister must be applied between
her shoulders
. It may be about four inches broad
at top and as long but tapering from the top to the
bottom and while this lies on, let her drink freely
of Arabic Emulsion.


With a view both to her Breast complaints ↑and obstructions↑
we have sent you a Box of Pectoral pills of which
she is to take two every night at bed time.


These are the new remedies we have at
present to propose but desire by all means she
should continue her Asses milk and her Riding
as she does at present, only if the Easterly winds
continue she must be cautious of going abroad in
the Evening.


Although her appetite were better we




[Page 3]


would not wish her to take more Animal food than
the Calfs foot jelly and perhaps a little broth at
dinner. We dont think the glass of wine in her jelly
is too much and we would not willingly take away
her Claret while she can be engaged to take a bit of
bread along with it. We do not find it necessary to
make any alteration either in her Breakfast or
Supperr This is all that occurrs to us at present
and when any thing new occurrs you
may depend upon the utmost attention
from


Dear Sir
Your most Obedient Servants
William Cullen

Edinr. 29th. May
1784



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For Miss Laurie


Extract. Glycyrrhiz. ʒiij
Myrrh. opt. ʒj
Extracto in frustula conciso affunde
aquæ ferventis q. s. ut mollescat et in
pulpam contundatur cui adde myrrham
in pulverem tenuem tritam et cum
aquæ q. s. f. massa dividenda in
pilulas sing. gr. V.
Signa Pectoral Pills two to be taken
every night at bedtime.

W. C.

29th May
1784.

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