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

 

[ID:5184] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr Charles Keith / Regarding: Dr Charles Keith (Patient), Mr John Cook (Cooke; of Gallowhill; of Ogle. ) (Patient), Mr (Patient) / 26 December 1785 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Dr Keith'

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FieldData
DOC ID 5184
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/18/164
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date26 December 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, 'Dr Keith'
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:909]
Case of John Cook of Gallowhill, who suffers from phlegm and other ailments exacerbated by excessive drinking.
20
[Case ID:1798]
Case of Dr Charles Keith whose dyspepsia and other symptoms are considered to be gouty.
2
[Case ID:2452]
Case of an unnamed male patient with gout.
3


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3387]AddresseeDr Charles Keith
[PERS ID:3387]PatientDr Charles Keith
[PERS ID:3495]PatientMr John Cook (Cooke; of Gallowhill; of Ogle. )
[PERS ID:3496]PatientMr
[PERS ID:3387]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Charles Keith
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Morpeth North-East England Europe inferred

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Dr. Keith
Dear Dr.


I am heartily concerned for your distress
and would grudge no pains on my part in relieving
it.


I am persuaded that your Constitution and
Ailments are Gouty and preferably to every
other Stomachic or laxative medicine I would
advise you to try the Gum Guaiacum. I would
have you try it in a watery solution of two drams
to Eight Ounces of Vehicle taking care to
rub the Guaiacum to a fine powder with
hard Sugar, and afterwards rubbing it well
with strong mucilage to suspend it in the
water which may be any of the simple
waters you like best and to strengthen
the power of the Guaiacum, you may add to
the solution two drachms or half an ounce of the Volatile Elixir
Of this solution you may take every night
and morning a table spoonful more or less or




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just so much as will keep your belly regular
without purging.


For your Headach and Ophthalmia I
think you judged right in taking away a little
blood
and you may do so again, but I would
↑greatly↑ prefer Cupping to Leeches. I think the
Brandy and water the best Collyrium you
can employ. Let me know how you go on and
if I can advise further I shall do it very
willingly.


Mr Cook will not be mended, and perhaps
cannot, but give him a solution of Asafœtida
and Ammoniacum with some Antimonial
wine
and let him take a table spoonful of
this every night at bedtime taking care
at this season to avoid Cold as well as he
can.


For your Gouty patient you may give
him such a solution as I have advised for




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yourself, as I think ↑it↑ the most probable remedy
for his Stomach, Head and Eyes. He needs not
be told, or allowed to suppose it is laxative. I expect
little from your Blisters, but if any thing of
that kind could be of service I would expect it
from an issue on the Crown of the head, and I should
have said above that such a remedy might be
of service to yourself. Wishing you
heartily relief I am with sincere
regard


Dear Charles
Yours
William Cullen

Edinburgh 26th. December
1785

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Dr. Keith
Dear Dr.


I am heartily concerned for your distress
and would grudge no pains on my part in relieving
it.


I am persuaded that your Constitution and
Ailments are Gouty and preferably to every
other Stomachic or laxative medicine I would
advise you to try the Gum Guaiacum. I would
have you try it in a watery solution of two drams
to Eight Ounces of Vehicle taking care to
rub the Guaiacum to a fine powder with
hard Sugar, and afterwards rubbing it well
with strong mucilage to suspend it in the
water which may be any of the simple
waters you like best and to strengthen
the power of the Guaiacum, you may add to
the solution ʒij or ℥ſs of the Volatile Elixir
Of this solution you may take every night
and morning a table spoonful more or less or




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just so much as will keep your belly regular
without purging.


For your Headach and Ophthalmia I
think you judged right in taking away a little
blood
and you may do so again, but I would
↑greatly↑ prefer Cupping to Leeches. I think the
Brandy and water the best Collyrium you
can employ. Let me know how you go on and
if I can advise further I shall do it very
willingly.


Mr Cook will not be mended, and perhaps
cannot, but give him a solution of Asafœtida
and Ammoniacum with some Antimonial
wine
and let him take a table spoonful of
this every night at bedtime taking care
at this season to avoid Cold as well as he
can.


For your Gouty patient you may give
him such a solution as I have advised for




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yourself, as I think ↑it↑ the most probable remedy
for his Stomach, Head and Eyes. He needs not
be told, or allowed to suppose it is laxative. I expect
little from your Blisters, but if any thing of
that kind could be of service I would expect it
from an issue on the Crown of the head, and I should
have said above that such a remedy might be
of service to yourself. Wishing you
heartily relief I am with sincere
regard


Dear Charles
Yours
William Cullen

Edinr. 26th. Decr.
1785

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