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

 

[ID:5006] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Captain Alexander Forrester Inglis Cochrane / Regarding: [A matter not directly regarding a patient] / 13 March? 1785? / (Outgoing)

Reply, to Captain Alexander Cochrane concerning the case of his nephew Mr James Cochrane, in which Cullen explains that neither he nor Mr Wood (the Edinburgh surgeon) is able to come over to Culross to attend in person, but they do approve of his treatment by the local physicians.

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FieldData
DOC ID 5006
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/17/200
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date13 March? 1785?
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, to Captain Alexander Cochrane concerning the case of his nephew Mr James Cochrane, in which Cullen explains that neither he nor Mr Wood (the Edinburgh surgeon) is able to come over to Culross to attend in person, but they do approve of his treatment by the local physicians.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:195]
Case of James [Jamie] Cochrane seriously ill with a hard, swollen abdomen and whose case proves fatal.
9


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2697]AddresseeCaptain Alexander Forrester Inglis Cochrane
[PERS ID:2700]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Kennedy
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2701]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Stenhouse
[PERS ID:3000]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John White (Whytt)
[PERS ID:588]Other Physician / SurgeonMr Alexander Wood
[PERS ID:2698]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendEarl Archibald Cochrane (9th Earl of Dundonald; Lord Dundonald)
[PERS ID:2699]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Anna Gilchrist (of Annsfield)
[PERS ID:2697]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendCaptain Alexander Forrester Inglis Cochrane

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Culross Abbey House Culross Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Culross Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Mr. Jas. Cochrane


I have the honour of yours
by the express & would most willingly shew my
regard to Lord Dundonalds Family by coming over to
Culross immediately; but neither health not business can
possibly allow me. I have called upon Mr. Wood and have
communicated to him the whole of the Letters, and have
desired him to go over to see you; but he tells me that
the situation of his business is at present such as
makes it absolutely impossible for him to leave Edinburgh
at present. But tho if it had been easy for us to come
over we would have done it from our regard to Mrs
Gilchrist and all concerned, yet we are both entirely
agreed that there is no necessity for it, because
we know so well Mr James's condition, that we have
no doubt in desiring Doctor Kennedy's advice to be



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immediately followed, for altho we are not of
Dr Kennedy's opinion with regard to the nature of
the disease, yet even according to our notion of it
the Medicine proposed by him is not altogether im¬
proper and we think it may be safely tried; and
that it should be tried to give full satisfaction to
Lord Dundonald. For these reasons I return you
Doctor Kennedy's Letters, 1 and dont doubt, but
that either Mr White or Doctor Stenhouse can
see it properly executed. We have only to observe
that if the Medicines should happen to gripe and
purge him very smartly, the repeating them often
may be a doubtful measure. With these medicines
it will be proper to continue the Electuary
which I ordered yesterday, on these nights and
mornings, on which he does not take Dr. Kennedys
medicine; and the taking of Dr. Kennedys medicines


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does not under any part of the Regimen we
formerly advised anyways improper; only that
[he] should not take milk on these mornings that
[he] takes Dr Kennedy's Medicine, at least, when
he takes the Purgative Potions, for with respect to
the Draught which Dr Kennedy has ordered to
be taken every night and morning, it may be ↑[taken?]↑ along
with the Electuary, With respectful Compliments


I have the honour to be
Sir
your most obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinburgh Sunday
13th near ten at night

Notes:

1: No retained copies traced in Cullen's archive.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Mr. Jas. Cochrane


I have the honour of yours
by the express & would most willingly shew my
regard to Lord Dundonalds Family by coming over to
Culross immediately; but neither health not business can
possibly allow me. I have called upon Mr. Wood and have
communicated to him the whole of the Letters, and have
desired him to go over to see you; but he tells me that
the situation of his business is at present such as
makes it absolutely impossible for him to leave Edinr
at present. But tho if it had been easy for us to come
over we would have done it from our regard to Mrs
Gilchrist and all concerned, yet we are both entirely
agreed that there is no necessity for it, because
we know so well Mr James's condition, that we have
no doubt in desiring Doctor Kennedy's advice to be



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immediately followed, for altho we are not of
Dr Kennedy's opinion with regard to the nature of
the disease, yet even according to our notion of it
the Medicine proposed by him is not altogether im¬
proper and we think it may be safely tried; and
that it should be tried to give full satisfaction to
Lord Dundonald. For these reasons I return you
Doctor Kennedy's Letters, 1 and dont doubt, but
that either Mr White or Doctor Stenhouse can
see it properly executed. We have only to observe
that if the Medicines should happen to gripe and
purge him very smartly, the repeating them often
may be a doubtful measure. With these medicines
it will be proper to continue the Electuary
which I ordered yesterday, on these nights and
mornings, on which he does not take Dr. Kennedys
medicine; and the taking of Dr. Kennedys medicines


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does not under any part of the Regimen we
formerly advised anyways improper; only that
[he] should not take milk on these mornings that
[he] takes Dr Kennedy's Medicine, at least, when
he takes the Purgative Potions, for with respect to
the Draught which Dr Kennedy has ordered to
be taken every night and morning, it may be ↑[taken?]↑ along
with the Electuary, With respectful Compliments


I have the honour to be
Sir
your most obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinr Sunday
13th near ten at night

Notes:

1: No retained copies traced in Cullen's archive.

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