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

 

[ID:5104] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr / Regarding: Miss Colquhoun (Patient) / 20 July 1785 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'For Miss Colquhoun'. The patient has 'a certain degree of delicacy and debility'. Advice is given on diet and exercise, and stomachic recipes.

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DOC ID 5104
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/18/87
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date20 July 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 Miss Colquhoun'. The patient has 'a certain degree of delicacy and debility'. Advice is given on diet and exercise, and stomachic recipes.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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[Case ID:1856]
Case of Miss Colquhoun who has no constitutional problem beyond ''delicacy and debility', so is just given advice on managing 'the purposes of life'.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5801]AddresseeMr
[PERS ID:5800]PatientMiss Colquhoun
[PERS ID:5801]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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For Miss Colquhoun


After considering attentively the whole cir¬
cumstances of Miss Colquhouns Constitution and
complaints I am glad to say that I can find
no disease, nor any fault of the constitution but
a certain degree of delicacy and debility.


As it is not possible to make persons
{illeg}s, so an original constitution as that
of Miss Colquhoun can be very much mended
and by a little care be made very sufficient
for all the purposes of life.


One means for this purpose is Riding
frequently on horseback if kept always with¬
in the bounds of fatigue and free from the
accidents of weather.


A [second?] means is the use of Cold bathing.



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The most advantageous manner of Practising
this, is perhaps by bathing in the Sea, but
this has (↑is↑) exposed to many accidents and inter¬
ruptions and I can promise much more benefit
to Miss Colquhoun from the use of the Shower
Bath
, for which I shall give her particular
directions too long to be inscribed here.


With these means of Riding and Bathing
I have only to offer one medicine intended par¬
ticularly for strengthening her Stomach and
bringing her to take proper nourishment.
I have given the Prescription for this with
directions for its use upon a separate paper
here inclosed.


In the present state of Miss Colquhouns
appetite I would not enjoin any particular
diet but would leave her to take a part of



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any ordinary fare that she finds herself most
disposed to. I would wish her to take every day
at dinner a little of Solid Animal food but
avoiding every thing fat or heavy and no more
of any meat than what She can take willingly
and easily. All kinds of light pudding are pro¬
per for her and if She does not Complain
of flatulency or indigestion from Vegetables
I would leave these and even fruit to her
own discretion. At Breakfast She must
take neither tea nor Coffee. A weak Chocolate
[or?] Cocoa are allowable but I would prefer to
either of them fresh milk and I think the
same will be the best Supper She can take
for while She digests milk easily nothing
will nourish or strengthen her better.


That it will be of the greatest benefit
to Miss Colquhoun to be much in the fresh air



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and in gentle exercise, but all violent bodily exercise
is to be carefully avoided and at all times within
doors or without She must take the greatest care
to avoid Cold and for that purpose among other
precautions she should always be warmly Cloathed

William Cullen
Edinburgh 20th. July
1785



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For Miss Colquhoun

Take 2 ounces of ground Peruvian Bark, and ounce of powdered Chamomile flowers, and a ½ ounce of ground Cinnamon. Mix thoroughly to make a powder to be served in a wide-mouthed Phial. Label: Stomachic Powder a heaped tea spoonful to be infused over night in a gill of boiling water to be strained off through a piece of flannel in the morning and one half of this to be taken with a tea Spoonful of the following Stomachic mixture (in the morning or forenoon [and?] the other half between Seven and Eight in the evening

Take 3 ounces of Rosewater and a ½ ounce each of Syrup of Dried Roses and Thin Vitriolic Spirit. Mix. Label: Stomachic Mixture

20th. July 1785/

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
For Miss Colquhoun


After considering attentively the whole cir¬
cumstances of Miss Colquhouns Constitution and
complaints I am glad to say that I can find
no disease, nor any fault of the constitution but
a certain degree of delicacy and debility.


As it is not possible to make persons
{illeg}s, so an original constitution as that
of Miss Colquhoun can be very much mended
and by a little care be made very sufficient
for all the purposes of life.


One means for this purpose is Riding
frequently on horseback if kept always with¬
in the bounds of fatigue and free from the
accidents of weather.


A [second?] means is the use of Cold bathing.



[Page 2]

The most advantageous manner of Practising
this, is perhaps by bathing in the Sea, but
this has (↑is↑) exposed to many accidents and inter¬
ruptions and I can promise much more benefit
to Miss Colquhoun from the use of the Shower
Bath
, for which I shall give her particular
directions too long to be inscribed here.


With these means of Riding and Bathing
I have only to offer one medicine intended par¬
ticularly for strengthening her Stomach and
bringing her to take proper nourishment.
I have given the Prescription for this with
directions for its use upon a separate paper
here inclosed.


In the present state of Miss Colquhouns
appetite I would not enjoin any particular
diet but would leave her to take a part of



[Page 3]

any ordinary fare that she finds herself most
disposed to. I would wish her to take every day
at dinner a little of Solid Animal food but
avoiding every thing fat or heavy and no more
of any meat than what She can take willingly
and easily. All kinds of light pudding are pro¬
per for her and if She does not Complain
of flatulency or indigestion from Vegetables
I would leave these and even fruit to her
own discretion. At Breakfast She must
take neither tea nor Coffee. A weak Chocolate
[or?] Cocoa are allowable but I would prefer to
either of them fresh milk and I think the
same will be the best Supper She can take
for while She digests milk easily nothing
will nourish or strengthen her better.


That it will be of the greatest benefit
to Miss Colquhoun to be much in the fresh air



[Page 4]

and in gentle exercise, but all violent bodily exercise
is to be carefully avoided and at all times within
doors or without She must take the greatest care
to avoid Cold and for that purpose among other
precautions she should always be warmly Cloathed

William Cullen
Edinr. 20th. July
1785



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For Miss Colquhoun


Pulv. Cort. Peruv. ℥ij
flor. Chamamel. ℥i
Cinnamom. ℥ſs
ℳ accurate ut f. pulvis in Phiala patulioris servanda
Sig. Stomachic Powder a heaped tea spoonful to be
infused over night in a gill of boiling water to be strained
off through a piece of flannel in the morning and one
half of this to be taken with a tea Spoonful of the
following Stomachic mixture (in the morning or forenoon
[and?] the other half between Seven and Eight in the
evening

20th. July 1785/

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