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

 

[ID:4871] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr William Ingham / Regarding: Mr Collingwood (Patient) / 11 July 1784 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'For Mr Collingwood'. Though Cullen is satisfied Mr Collingwood has no formed disease, he believes the patient is threatened with one and gives advice on massage treatment, guarding against cold, diet and exercise. Cullen also includes recipes for an aperient solution and a cephalic electuary.

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FieldData
DOC ID 4871
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/17/67
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date11 July 1784
Annotation None
TypeMachine scribal copy
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, 'For Mr Collingwood'. Though Cullen is satisfied Mr Collingwood has no formed disease, he believes the patient is threatened with one and gives advice on massage treatment, guarding against cold, diet and exercise. Cullen also includes recipes for an aperient solution and a cephalic electuary.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1715]
Case of Mr Henry Collingwood of Cornhill who in 1784 had recently suffered 'a fit and fell off his chair'; then in 1789 he asks about taking Buxton water.
3


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:82]AddresseeMr William Ingham
[PERS ID:4761]PatientMr Collingwood
[PERS ID:82]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Ingham
[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 Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe certain

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For Mr. Collingwood


After considering what happened to Mr. Collingwood
at Newcastle and all the feelings for I cannot call
them complaints that he has since had I am satisfied
that he has no formed disease. But I must at the
same time observe that there are several appearances
which show him to be threatened with a disease
which may be of bad consequence and renders it
proper for him to take every precaution against
it. And in this therefore I shall give him the
best advice I can.


Let both his limbs and especially the right
be rubbed with a flesh brush from the Haunches
to the toes every morning. At first the Brush
may be soft and the rubbing gentle but both
may be increased as the skin is found to bear.


With this let him take care to keep



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his feet legs and thighs always dry and warm and for this
purpose he should constantly wear worsted under stockings
and flannel drawers and he will do well also to wear
still his Riding Hose.


He should continue to take Exercise on Horseback
or in a Carriage as often as he conveniently can avoiding
only very wet weather or very warm Sunshine.


His Diet may be of any ordinary fare avoiding
only much fish or a very full meal of meat. He will
do well to continue his light Suppers. At Breakfast
he may take either Tea or Coffee but each of them should
be very weak and Coco might be safer than either. At
Dinner every day he may take two three glasses
of wine and if he takes no more he may take it of what
kind he likes best and he should never take of any
kind to the quantity that might in the least heat
him, For ordinary draft Small beer of a good kind
is better for him than water but all sort of stronger



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malt liquor is improper and all sorts of Spirituous
liquors are equally so.


In the way of medicine I have given in
the inclosed two prescriptions which I hope shall be
of service. One of them is for a laxative which I would
have him take twice a week to the quantity that will
give him one or two loose stools.


The other medicine is for strengthening his
nerves and he should take a dose of it every day an
hour before dinner.


William Cullen

Edinburgh 11th. July
1784



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For Collingwood Esqr.

Take one ounce of Soluble Tartar, half an ounce of Glauber's Salt, two drachms of Spanish sea-Salt, two drachms of polychrest Salt, two ounces of Simple cinnamon Water, and four ounces of spring Water. Dissolve and Label: Aperient Solution; two tablespoons to be taken in half a pint of Spring water in the morning twice a weel.

Take half an ounce each of powdered root of Wild valerian and powdered Peruvian bark, one drachm of powdered cinnamon, half a drachm of powdered ginger, one ounce of Conserve of orange peel, and a sufficient quantity of Simple Syrup to make an Electuary. Label: Cephalic electuary; the bigness of a nutmeg to be taken every day an hour before dinner.


W.C.

11th July
1784

Diplomatic Text

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For Mr. Collingwood


After considering what happened to Mr. Collingwood
at Newcastle and all the feelings for I cannot call
them complaints that he has since had I am satisfied
that he has no formed disease. But I must at the
same time observe that there are several appearances
which show him to be threatened with a disease
which may be of bad consequence and renders it
proper for him to take every precaution against
it. And in this therefore I shall give him the
best advice I can.


Let both his limbs and especially the right
be rubbed with a flesh brush from the Haunches
to the toes every morning. At first the Brush
may be soft and the rubbing gentle but both
may be increased as the skin is found to bear.


With this let him take care to keep



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his feet legs and thighs always dry and warm and for this
purpose he should constantly wear worsted under stockings
and flannel drawers and he will do well also to wear
still his Riding Hose.


He should continue to take Exercise on Horseback
or in a Carriage as often as he conveniently can avoiding
only very wet weather or very warm Sunshine.


His Diet may be of any ordinary fare avoiding
only much fish or a very full meal of meat. He will
do well to continue his light Suppers. At Breakfast
he may take either Tea or Coffee but each of them should
be very weak and Coco might be safer than either. At
Dinner every day he may take two three glasses
of wine and if he takes no more he may take it of what
kind he likes best and he should never take of any
kind to the quantity that might in the least heat
him, For ordinary draft Small beer of a good kind
is better for him than water but all sort of stronger



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malt liquor is improper and all sorts of Spirituous
liquors are equally so.


In the way of medicine I have given in
the inclosed two prescriptions which I hope shall be
of service. One of them is for a laxative which I would
have him take twice a week to the quantity that will
give him one or two loose stools.


The other medicine is for strengthening his
nerves and he should take a dose of it every day an
hour before dinner.


William Cullen

Edinr. 11th. July
1784



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For Collingwood Esqr.


Tartar. Solub. ℥j
Sal. Glauber. ℥ſs
-- marin. Hisp.
-- polychrest. @ ʒij
Aq. cinnam. Simpl. ℥ij
Aq. fontan. ℥iv
Solve et Signa Aperient Solution two table spoonfulls
to be taken in half a pint of Spring water in the morning
twice a week -


pulv. rad. valerian. Silv.
-- cort. Peruvian. @ ℥ſs
-- cinnamom. ʒj
-- zingiber. ʒſs
Conserv. e cort. aurantior. ℥j
Syr. Simpl. q. s. ut f. Electuarium
Sig. Cephalic Electuary the bigness of a nutmeg to be
taken every day an hour before dinner. ---


W.C.

11th July
1784

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