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

 

[ID:526] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr Alexander Taylor (Sanders) / Regarding: Mr James Orr (Patient), Mr William Orr ((later) of Ingliston, then Ralston) (Patient) / 10 April 1782 / (Outgoing)

Reply to Mr Taylor regarding Mr James Orr and his recovery. Cullen recommends measures for 'averting Pneumonic complaints' and suggests that if Taylor requires further detail, 'I can give you very full instruction by sending you a Dissertation produced by one of my sons' (Archibald Cullen's dissertation De Frigore, Ejusque Vi Et Effectibus in Corpus Humanum (1780) (For Taylor passing on information in the the dissertation to James Orr see his response in Doc ID 2211). William Orr is also mentioned briefly.

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DOC ID 526
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/15/9
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date10 April 1782
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 Mr Taylor regarding Mr James Orr and his recovery. Cullen recommends measures for 'averting Pneumonic complaints' and suggests that if Taylor requires further detail, 'I can give you very full instruction by sending you a Dissertation produced by one of my sons' (Archibald Cullen's dissertation De Frigore, Ejusque Vi Et Effectibus in Corpus Humanum (1780) (For Taylor passing on information in the the dissertation to James Orr see his response in Doc ID 2211). William Orr is also mentioned briefly.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:553]
Case of James Orr who has a venereal infection in 1778, but by 1782 has abdominal complaints and various bodily pains which Cullen eventually attributes to a disordered liver.
13
[Case ID:554]
Case of William Orr who has an eye condition.
13


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:207]AddresseeDr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)
[PERS ID:211]PatientMr William Orr ((later) of Ingliston, then Ralston)
[PERS ID:210]PatientMr James Orr
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:207]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)
[PERS ID:211]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr William Orr ((later) of Ingliston, then Ralston)
[PERS ID:210]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr James Orr
[PERS ID:545]OtherDr Archibald Cullen (Ar or Arch)

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

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Mr A Taylor Concerning Mr James Orr
Dear Sir


I am much obliged to you for
your Letter concerning Mr Orr, and it gives me
the greatest pleasure to hear of his recovery; and I
hope it is very complete. I hope it is so far so, that he
may safely go abroad in the middle of any tolerable
day. At the time I am now writing it is such weather
as I should think very unfit for going abroad; but
I hope this will soon achange so as to render it safe
enough. I have the same opinions with regard to
mending his Diet, which he may mend; but should
proceed very slowly to anything of a full diet
either of meat or drink. With respect to the means
of averting Pneumonic complaints, there are only
two means necessary and if these are employed, they
will certainly be effectual. These means are, first,



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a very strict attention in gaurding against cold
which I hope you can instruct him in, or if you
have any doubts I can give you very full instruction
by sending you a Dissertation published by one
of my sons On Cold and its effects. 1 ––


The other means is the using a very temperate
Regimen with regard to meat and drink. ––


In strong drink, I hold the strictest temperance
to be absolutely necessary and in eating tho I dont
think a very low to be absolutely necessary; but
I think great moderation in the use of animal
food very proper. He may take a little at Dinner
every day; but none at Supper, and even at Dinner
↑should avoid↑ the heavier things and never take a full meal of
any kind, for the most part making a great part
of his Meal of Broth, pudding & vegetables.


I wish I could say anything useful to



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Mr William Orr, but I do not recollect any
thing to add to my former advice.


With Compliments to both brothers and
wishing you heartily success in all your under¬
takings. I am always Dear Sir

your most obedient servant
William Cullen
Edinburgh April 10.th
1782.

Notes:

1: Archibald Cullen, Dissertatio Medica, Inauguralis. De frigore, ejusque vi et effectibus in corpus humanum (Edinburgh: 1780). Cullen himself had experimented with freezing techniques when lecturing at Glasgow University.

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Mr A Taylor C Mr James Orr
Dear Sir


I am much obliged to you for
your Letter concerning Mr Orr, and it gives me
the greatest pleasure to hear of his recovery; and I
hope it is very complete. I hope it is so far so, that he
may safely go abroad in the middle of any tolerable
day. At the time I am now writing it is such weather
as I should think very unfit for going abroad; but
I hope this will soon achange so as to render it safe
enough. I have the same opinions with regard to
mending his Diet, which he may mend; but should
proceed very slowly to anything of a full diet
either of meat or drink. With respect to the means
of averting Pneumonic complaints, there are only
two means necessary and if these are employed, they
will certainly be effectual. These means are, first,



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a very strict attention in gaurding against cold
which I hope you can instruct him in, or if you
have any doubts I can give you very full instruction
by sending you a Dissertation published by one
of my sons De Frigore ejusque effectibus. 1 ––


The other means is the using a very temperate
Regimen with regard to meat and drink. ––


In strong drink, I hold the strictest temperance
to be absolutely necessary and in eating tho I dont
think a very low to be absolutely necessary; but
I think great moderation in the use of animal
food very proper. He may take a little at Dinner
every day; but none at Supper, and even at Dinner
↑should avoid↑ the heavier things and never take a full meal of
any kind, for the most part making a great part
of his Meal of Broth, pudding & vegetables.


I wish I could say anything useful to



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Mr William Orr, but I do not recollect any
thing to add to my former advice.


With Compliments to both brothers and
wishing you heartily success in all your under¬
takings. I am always Dear Sir

your most obedient servant
William Cullen
Edinr April 10.th
1782.

Notes:

1: Archibald Cullen, Dissertatio Medica, Inauguralis. De frigore, ejusque vi et effectibus in corpus humanum (Edinburgh: 1780). Cullen himself had experimented with freezing techniques when lecturing at Glasgow University.

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