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

 

[ID:5004] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr John McKie (Junior) / Regarding: Mrs McKie (Patient) / 15 March 1785 / (Outgoing)

Reply, for 'Mrs McKie'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 5004
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/17/198
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date15 March 1785
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, for 'Mrs McKie'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:793]
Case of Mrs McKie, who in 1781 has had a miscarriage. Correspondence resumes in January 1785 over her cold and cough.
13


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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:114]AddresseeMr John McKie (Junior)
[PERS ID:113]PatientMrs McKie
[PERS ID:2758]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr McKie
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:114]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John McKie (Junior)
[PERS ID:114]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr John McKie (Junior)
[PERS ID:2758]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr McKie

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

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Mrs. McKie

Dear Sir


I am favoured with yours of the 10th and
though it is now the 15th the weather is not yet
sufficiently favourable to Mrs. McKies relief
Tho middle of the day is pretty mild but the nights
and mornings are still with hard frost. While
this is the Case I am not much surprised At
Mrs. Mc.Kies not being much better and I think
even a good deal that She is no worse. I expect
every day that the frost will go away and that
Mrs. Mc.Kie may get into fresh air and gentle
Exercise a more powerful remedy than any I can
think of. In the mean time I shall wish her
to continue her pills for I believe the Symptoms
you mention to have happened upon her first
taking them were not owing to them, but to
some other accidental Cause. However I do not
desire you to push them faster than She easily



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bears. The putting on the flannel Shirt was extremely
proper and I supposed it advised and done long ago.
It may at first seem to increase her sweating but after
a little it will not have that effect and at any rate
it will render the Sweating less disagreeable and
much safer, as sweating in linen is very ready to give
fresh cold. However on the other page I have given
a prescription for moderating the sweating and let her
take a dose of it in any drink She takes except her
milk and at any rate let her take a dose of it in water
water gruel, or barley water, four times a day. The mixture
ordered by your Brother was no ways improper
unless the Laudanum was in large proportion
which I should not think safe but in moderate
proportion it may be very useful and if upon
her getting in to the Air the sweatings do not abate
I shall advise a trial of a dose of Laudanum at bed¬
time and to be repeated now and then as its effect in
abating Sweating and moderating Cough shall be


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found less disagreeable tho She lies rather too long abed
in the morning and would be better for her to get
up sooner and to be [not?] above the bed rather than
continue long under the bed Cloaths. Her diet is very
proper and I have nothing more to add at present
but that I am


Dear Sir
Yours &c.

William Cullen ---

Edinburgh 15th March
1785
For Mrs. Mc.Kie

Take three ounces of Rose Water, half an ounce of Dried rose Syrup and half an ounce of Spiritus Vitrioli tenuis. Mix. Label:Cooling Mixture, a teaspoonful to be taken several times a day in a little of her drink.


W.C.

15th March
1785

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Mrs. McKie

Dear Sir


I am favoured with yours of the 10th and
though it is now the 15th the weather is not yet
sufficiently favourable to Mrs. McKies relief
Tho middle of the day is pretty mild but the nights
and mornings are still with hard frost. While
this is the Case I am not much surprised At
Mrs. Mc.Kies not being much better and I think
even a good deal that She is no worse. I expect
every day that the frost will go away and that
Mrs. Mc.Kie may get into fresh air and gentle
Exercise a more powerful remedy than any I can
think of. In the mean time I shall wish her
to continue her pills for I believe the Symptoms
you mention to have happened upon her first
taking them were not owing to them, but to
some other accidental Cause. However I do not
desire you to push them faster than She easily



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bears. The putting on the flannel Shirt was extremely
proper and I supposed it advised and done long ago.
It may at first seem to increase her sweating but after
a little it will not have that effect and at any rate
it will render the Sweating less disagreeable and
much safer, as sweating in linen is very ready to give
fresh cold. However on the other page I have given
a prescription for moderating the sweating and let her
take a dose of it in any drink She takes except her
milk and at any rate let her take a dose of it in water
water gruel, or barley water, four times a day. The mixture
ordered by your Brother was no ways improper
unless the Laudanum was in large proportion
which I should not think safe but in moderate
proportion it may be very useful and if upon
her getting in to the Air the sweatings do not abate
I shall advise a trial of a dose of Laudanum at bed¬
time and to be repeated now and then as its effect in
abating Sweating and moderating Cough shall be


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found less disagreeable tho She lies rather too long abed
in the morning and would be better for her to get
up sooner and to be [not?] above the bed rather than
continue long under the bed Cloaths. Her diet is very
proper and I have nothing more to add at present
but that I am


Dear Sir
Yours &c.

William Cullen ---

Edinr. 15th March
1785
For Mrs. Mc.Kie


Aq. rosar. ℥iij
Syr. e ros. Sicc.
Spir. vitriol. ten. @℥fs
ℳ. Sig. Cooling Mixture a tea spoonful to be taken
Several times a day in a little of her drink


W.C.

15th March
1785

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