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

 

[ID:4912] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch) / Regarding: Mr Alexander Spalding Gordon (Spalding, of The Holme & Shirmers) (Patient) / 14 September 1784 / (Outgoing)

Reply, for 'Mr Spalding Gordon'

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DOC ID 4912
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/17/107
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date14 September 1784
Annotation None
TypeMachine scribal copy
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, for 'Mr Spalding Gordon'
Manuscript Incomplete? No
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Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:4]
Case of Mr Alexander Spalding Gordon who has a venereal infection in 1775; in 1776 he has a swollen ankle and toe assumed to be gouty; and in 1784 he is suffering from the after-effects of an accidental pistol wound.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:115]AddresseeDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID:629]PatientMr Alexander Spalding Gordon (Spalding, of The Holme & Shirmers)
[PERS ID:2934]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Bell
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:115]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)

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Destination of Letter Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe inferred
Therapeutic Recommendation Lisbon Portugal Portugal Europe certain
Mentioned / Other London London and South-East England Europe certain

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Mr Spalding Gordon


[I have?] considered the whole of the circumstances of the
{illeg} to [observe?] that it is difficult and uncertain
{illeg} but I am pretty certain it
cannot be cured but by a great deal of cure and attention.


The first attention necessary is guarding against
cold and that is difficult in this Climate during this
winter and therefore Mr Gordon can hardly be safe
but by passing the winter in a Southern Climate I would
recommend Lisbon preferable to any other and parti¬
cularly for this reason that he can go to it by water.


The most attention necessary for Mr. Gordon is
moderate living. I am clear that except it may be a
little broth at dinner he should take no other animal
food and that he should live entirely upon milk and
Vegetables. I am still more positive that he should



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not take any [farinacea?] {illeg}
and that nothing can be more [permissive?] to his {illeg}
any indulgence of that kind.


He will always be the better for being much
in the fresh air and in gentle exercise. The walking
should be always very little and very softly. [Hors ridding?]
and going in a Carriage are much safer but even these
and particularly the first should be very smooth
and gentle.


His belly should be kept regular and if any
Costiveness troubles him he should have a laxative me¬
dicina
but such a one as may keep him regular
without purging him and this Mr. Bell from his
acquaintance with Mr. Gordons condition can pro¬
perly order.


I am of opinion that the healing of his side
must be left to nature, under a proper regimen but



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it may be [favoured?] by his taking from time to time
some Peruvian bark for eight days together at one
{illeg} I should have said above that if he goes to Lisbon
he {illeg} for London by water as soon as he please
and especially that he may there be without for a Ship for
Lisbon but he should not desire to be there soon than
the end of October and he should not remain there longer
than the first week of April and should then move
gradually northwards.


William Cullen -

Edinburgh 14 September
1784

Diplomatic Text

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Mr Spalding Gordon


[I have?] considered the whole of the circumstances of the
{illeg} to [observe?] that it is difficult and uncertain
{illeg} but I am pretty certain it
cannot be cured but by a great deal of cure and attention.


The first attention necessary is guarding against
cold and that is difficult in this Climate during this
winter and therefore Mr Gordon can hardly be safe
but by passing the winter in a Southern Climate I would
recommend Lisbon preferable to any other and parti¬
cularly for this reason that he can go to it by water.


The most attention necessary for Mr. Gordon is
moderate living. I am clear that except it may be a
little broth at dinner he should take no other animal
food and that he should live entirely upon milk and
Vegetables. I am still more positive that he should



[Page 2]

not take any [farinacea?] {illeg}
and that nothing can be more [permissive?] to his {illeg}
any indulgence of that kind.


He will always be the better for being much
in the fresh air and in gentle exercise. The walking
should be always very little and very softly. [Hors ridding?]
and going in a Carriage are much safer but even these
and particularly the first should be very smooth
and gentle.


His belly should be kept regular and if any
Costiveness troubles him he should have a laxative me¬
dicina
but such a one as may keep him regular
without purging him and this Mr. Bell from his
acquaintance with Mr. Gordons condition can pro¬
perly order.


I am of opinion that the healing of his side
must be left to nature, under a proper regimen but



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it may be [favoured?] by his taking from time to time
some Peruvian bark for eight days together at one
{illeg} I should have said above that if he goes to Lisbon
he {illeg} for London by water as soon as he please
and especially that he may there be without for a Ship for
Lisbon but he should not desire to be there soon than
the end of October and he should not remain there longer
than the first week of April and should then move
gradually northwards.


William Cullen -

Edinr. 14 Septr.
1784

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