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

 

[ID:4938] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr Colin Robertsone (Robertson) / Regarding: Reverend Archibald Stevenson (of St Madoes) (Patient) / 27 October 1784 / (Outgoing)

Reply, for 'Revd. Mr. Stevenson'. Cullen insists upon the application of the citrinum to treat Mr Stevenson's skin complaint, which he diagnoses as a 'Lepra Icthyosis'. Cullen suggests Robertsone consult Francois Boissier de Sauvage's 'Nosologia Methodica' (1763).

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DOC ID 4938
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/17/132
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date27 October 1784
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Summary Reply, for 'Revd. Mr. Stevenson'. Cullen insists upon the application of the citrinum to treat Mr Stevenson's skin complaint, which he diagnoses as a 'Lepra Icthyosis'. Cullen suggests Robertsone consult Francois Boissier de Sauvage's 'Nosologia Methodica' (1763).
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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1691]
Case of the Revd. Archibald Stevenson, who has an eruption all over his body stemming from an issue applied to his shoulders to treat his rheumatism in his neck and head. He subsequently becomes weak with a flux.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2177]AddresseeDr Colin Robertsone (Robertson)
[PERS ID:3882]PatientReverend Archibald Stevenson (of St Madoes)
[PERS ID:2177]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Colin Robertsone (Robertson)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1629]Other Physician / SurgeonDr Francois Boissier de Sauvages de Lacroix (Sauvages, Sauvage)
[PERS ID:3883]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr James Stevenson

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Revd. Mr. Stevenson
Dear Sir


I am favoured with yours and am heartily
concerned to find that Mr. Stevenson continues to be
so much distressed but as you have never yet tried
the Citrinum I do not despair of his relief and I must
give you some remarks upon the administration
of it. You must take care to have it exceedingly
well rubbed in a glass or Stone Mortar (not
Marble) with double its weight of Axungia Porci¬
na
. In this condition I have found it less irrita¬
ting then the common Mercurial Ointment, than
any ointment mixed with precipitate or other
Mercurial and than even the saturnine ointment.
When you apply it ↑apply it↑ to a single member as the
Arm from the Elbow or the leg from the knee
downwards. Repeat such application once a day



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for three or four days and in that time {illeg}
clearly how far it gives an irritation that might prevent
its further application. At the same time you will
discern how far the disease is purely a a topical Cutaneous
affection for it is upon that supposition only that
I expect the Citrinum can be of use and it is indeed
in affections of that kind that I have found it
surprisingly effectual and I must still tell you
that the Citrinum does not seem like the common
Mercurial Ointment to be taken into the blood
for I have employed it in large quantities without
its showing any effects in the mouth but you may
proceed with the caution I have mentioned and as
soon as you have made any trials that can determine
your or my opinion I beg to hear from you for I am
very willing to take any trouble upon Mr. Stevensons
account. I take this disease to be the Lepra


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Icthyosis
you may Consult Sauvages and the Authorities
he refers to though I will not promise you much satis¬
faction from them. I have myself met with many
instances of it and I have tried it with many different
remedies but never found any internal of much ser¬
vice and the only Cures I have made have been by
the Citrinum. After saying all this you will not be
surprised that I advise no internal
remedy at present nor say further
till I shall hear from you again. With
earnest good wishes for the Revd. Mr. Stevensons
relief and Compliments to his Brother I am with
very great regard


Sir
Your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinburgh 27th. October
1784

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Revd. Mr. Stevenson
Dear Sir


I am favoured with yours and am heartily
concerned to find that Mr. Stevenson continues to be
so much distressed but as you have never yet tried
the Citrinum I do not despair of his relief and I must
give you some remarks upon the administration
of it. You must take care to have it exceedingly
well rubbed in a glass or Stone Mortar (not
Marble) with double its weight of Axungia Porci¬
na
. In this condition I have found it less irrita¬
ting then the common Mercurial Ointment, than
any ointment mixed with precipitate or other
Mercurial and than even the saturnine ointment.
When you apply it ↑apply it↑ to a single member as the
Arm from the Elbow or the leg from the knee
downwards. Repeat such application once a day



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for three or four days and in that time {illeg}
clearly how far it gives an irritation that might prevent
its further application. At the same time you will
discern how far the disease is purely a a topical Cutaneous
affection for it is upon that supposition only that
I expect the Citrinum can be of use and it is indeed
in affections of that kind that I have found it
surprisingly effectual and I must still tell you
that the Citrinum does not seem like the common
Mercurial Ointment to be taken into the blood
for I have employed it in large quantities without
its showing any effects in the mouth but you may
proceed with the caution I have mentioned and as
soon as you have made any trials that can determine
your or my opinion I beg to hear from you for I am
very willing to take any trouble upon Mr. Stevensons
account. I take this disease to be the Lepra


[Page 3]

Icthyosis
you may Consult Sauvages and the Authorities
he refers to though I will not promise you much satis¬
faction from them. I have myself met with many
instances of it and I have tried it with many different
remedies but never found any internal of much ser¬
vice and the only Cures I have made have been by
the Citrinum. After saying all this you will not be
surprised that I advise no internal
remedy at present nor say further
till I shall hear from you again. With
earnest good wishes for the Revd. Mr. Stevensons
relief and Compliments to his Brother I am with
very great regard


Sir
Your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinr. 27th. Octr.
1784

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