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

 

[ID:5067] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr James Monteath (Monteith) / Regarding: Mr William Bogle (Patient) / 29 May 1785 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Mr Jas. Monteith C[oncerning] _____'

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FieldData
DOC ID 5067
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/18/50
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date29 May 1785
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, 'Mr Jas. Monteith C[oncerning] _____'
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1808]
Case of William Bogle who has lived a life of 'excess' and currently has a Pox (venereal infection).
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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3439]AddresseeMr James Monteath (Monteith)
[PERS ID:3440]PatientMr William Bogle
[PERS ID:3439]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr James Monteath (Monteith)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:591]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Alexander Dunlop (Sanders, Saunders)

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

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Mr. Jas. Monteith Concerning
Dear Sir


I have considered the Case you have
been pleased to communicate by last nights fly
but it did not come to my hand in such
time as to allow me to Answer it by post.


After considering it very attentively and
I find it to have been a singularly untoward
Case and to have arisen from a very {illeg}
constitution otherwise the remedies which
appear to me to have been very judiciously
employed should have prevented all the
accidents that have happened and both
at present and hereafter the Gentleman
must give very great attention to his
manner of living, or he will have much
danger to apprehend. In the present cir¬
cumstances I think you have done all




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that could be done and I hope the case is now
in a good train but I shall give you my
opinion about the several parts of your
conduct.


I think the Laudanum both externally
and internally employed is still proper and
necessary.


I think it will be also proper to
continue the bark and rather in larger
quantity till every suspicion of spreading
Gangrene is removed and the whole of the
Gangrenous parts thrown off.


With respect to application I believe
the Calomel may Answer very well for
promoting suppuration and thereby the
separation of the Chancrous parts but I
must say that I have always been better
pleased with the operation of finely powdered
red precipitate
than with the operation




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of Calomel.


Your decoction seems to be extremely proper
but I think two drams of very good mezereon added to every bottle
of the decoction may be of service.


I dare say he has taken a great deal
of Mercury and as much as might be supposed
to eradicate the whole of the Veneral {illeg}
and probably both on this account and per¬
haps upon account of its operation
becoming troublesome you have desisted
from the use of it for many days past
and I have the greater confidence in yours and
Mr. Dunlops judgement in this subject but
I must say that as long as Sores put on or
continue any Chancrous appearance I suspect
that the syphylitic taint is not entirely era¬
dicated and therefore am disposed to continue
the use of Mercury for in a moderate way for
some time longer. With best Compliments to Mr
Dunlop I am with great regard


Dear James
Your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen
Edinburgh 29th. [May?] 1785

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[Page 1]
Mr. Jas. Monteith C.
Dear Sir


I have considered the Case you have
been pleased to communicate by last nights fly
but it did not come to my hand in such
time as to allow me to Answer it by post.


After considering it very attentively and
I find it to have been a singularly untoward
Case and to have arisen from a very {illeg}
constitution otherwise the remedies which
appear to me to have been very judiciously
employed should have prevented all the
accidents that have happened and both
at present and hereafter the Gentleman
must give very great attention to his
manner of living, or he will have much
danger to apprehend. In the present cir¬
cumstances I think you have done all




[Page 2]


that could be done and I hope the case is now
in a good train but I shall give you my
opinion about the several parts of your
conduct.


I think the Laudanum both externally
and internally employed is still proper and
necessary.


I think it will be also proper to
continue the bark and rather in larger
quantity till every suspicion of spreading
Gangrene is removed and the whole of the
Gangrenous parts thrown off.


With respect to application I believe
the Calomel may Answer very well for
promoting suppuration and thereby the
separation of the Chancrous parts but I
must say that I have always been better
pleased with the operation of finely powdered
red precipitate
than with the operation




[Page 3]


of Calomel.


Your decoction seems to be extremely proper
but I think two drams of very good mezereon added to every bottle
of the decoction may be of service.


I dare say he has taken a great deal
of Mercury and as much as might be supposed
to eradicate the whole of the Veneral {illeg}
and probably both on this account and per¬
haps upon account of its operation
becoming troublesome you have desisted
from the use of it for many days past
and I have the greater confidence in yours and
Mr. Dunlops judgement in this subject but
I must say that as long as Sores put on or
continue any Chancrous appearance I suspect
that the syphylitic taint is not entirely era¬
dicated and therefore am disposed to continue
the use of Mercury for in a moderate way for
some time longer. With best Compliments to Mr
Dunlop I am with great regard


Dear James
Your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen
Edinr. 29th. [May?] 1785

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