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

 

[ID:5288] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch) / Regarding: Reverend William Burnside (of Dumfries) (Patient) / 17 June 1786 / (Outgoing)

Reply, for the Rev. 'Mr. Burnside'. Addressing John Gilchrist, Cullen writes, 'I chuse to shew my attention both on account of Mr. Burnside himself and upon account of his Brother for whom I have a great regard'. He gives advice on bleeding, including leeches, bark and keeping him cool. He extends his compliments to Mrs Gilchrist, apologising for neglecting to do so previously.

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DOC ID 5288
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/19/99
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date17 June 1786
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, for the Rev. 'Mr. Burnside'. Addressing John Gilchrist, Cullen writes, 'I chuse to shew my attention both on account of Mr. Burnside himself and upon account of his Brother for whom I have a great regard'. He gives advice on bleeding, including leeches, bark and keeping him cool. He extends his compliments to Mrs Gilchrist, apologising for neglecting to do so previously.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
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Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:965]
Case of the Reverend Burnside who is left weak from a history of headaches and attacks of sweating.
6


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:115]AddresseeDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID:4348]PatientReverend William Burnside (of Dumfries)
[PERS ID:115]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:4364]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Burnside (in Nottingham)
[PERS ID:3599]OtherMrs Marion Gilchrist (May)

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

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Mr. Burnside
Dear Dr.


Though I have but little to say I chuse to
shew my attention both on account of Mr. Burnside
himself and upon account of his Brother for whom
I have a great regard.


I am glad to find you have begun to apply
the cold water, and as you find it has done no harm
I hope you will continue it, tho the increasing the
coldness may be as slow as you please.


I am still persuaded that in the fits there is
a preternatural afflux of blood to the vessels of the
head
, tho' the circumstances you mention in your
letter of the 5th. made me shrink a little from
the application of leeches
, but your account now
of the effects of them at the commencement of his
illness confirms my opinion of the disease and gives
me an inclination to try the leeches still
, though
perhaps I would not employ them to the same
extent as before, and I must observe to you that



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a topical bleeding do unless excessive does not weaken
much the general System.


My general notion makes me averse both to
meat and wine, and I think that it is incumbent
on me to enter by (↑my↑) caution against them, especially
when I find the bystanders and even himself dis¬
posed to another course. The more you can observe
periodical motions in the disease I shall be the
more disposed to try the Bark in the intervals
but I would wish to find these intervals especially
in the forenoon. Since I wrote you last the weather
has been so cold from the East that I would not
have pushed him into the air, tho' he had been
otherwise able for it, but I am certain you have
done right in taking him out of his Chamber
as I am certain that the air of that may be
much better for him being frequently renewed and
cooled. If you venture upon the leeches, and find
them to moderate his pulse and {illeg} I would



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be led to try an opiate in the Evening.


Let me however observe upon the whole that
I give you hints only to be neglected, or followed as
your discretion upon the spot shall direct. I regret
much that in our late correspondence I have neglected
to wish you Joy and offer my Compliments to Mrs.
Gilchrist. I do both now in the most sincere manner
and with Compliments to every other person
[c]oncerned. I am


Dear John
Sincerely Yours
William Cullen

Edinburgh 17th. June
1786

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Mr. Burnside
Dear Dr.


Though I have but little to say I chuse to
shew my attention both on account of Mr. Burnside
himself and upon account of his Brother for whom
I have a great regard.


I am glad to find you have begun to apply
the cold water, and as you find it has done no harm
I hope you will continue it, tho the increasing the
coldness may be as slow as you please.


I am still persuaded that in the fits there is
a preternatural afflux of blood to the vessels of the
head
, tho' the circumstances you mention in your
letter of the 5th. made me shrink a little from
the application of leeches
, but your account now
of the effects of them at the commencement of his
illness confirms my opinion of the disease and gives
me an inclination to try the leeches still
, though
perhaps I would not employ them to the same
extent as before, and I must observe to you that



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a topical bleeding do unless excessive does not weaken
much the general System.


My general notion makes me averse both to
meat and wine, and I think that it is incumbent
on me to enter by (↑my↑) caution against them, especially
when I find the bystanders and even himself dis¬
posed to another course. The more you can observe
periodical motions in the disease I shall be the
more disposed to try the Bark in the intervals
but I would wish to find these intervals especially
in the forenoon. Since I wrote you last the weather
has been so cold from the East that I would not
have pushed him into the air, tho' he had been
otherwise able for it, but I am certain you have
done right in taking him out of his Chamber
as I am certain that the air of that may be
much better for him being frequently renewed and
cooled. If you venture upon the leeches, and find
them to moderate his pulse and {illeg} I would



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be led to try an opiate in the Evening.


Let me however observe upon the whole that
I give you hints only to be neglected, or followed as
your discretion upon the spot shall direct. I regret
much that in our late correspondence I have neglected
to wish you Joy and offer my Compliments to Mrs.
Gilchrist. I do both now in the most sincere manner
and with Compliments to every other person
[c]oncerned. I am


Dear John
Sincerely Yours
William Cullen

Edinr. 17th. June
1786

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