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

 

[ID:571] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mrs Agnes Wilson / Regarding: Dr Alexander Wilson (Patient), Mrs Agnes Wilson (Patient) / 8 June 1782 / (Outgoing)

Reply, for 'Mrs Wilson C[oncerning] Dr Wilson'. Cullen is still of the opinion that the case is one of gout, and declines to comment on her ailments until he has heard from her husband. Machine scribal copy; a postscript adds 'Being at present much distressed with the Influenza I have been obliged to employ an Emmanuensis'.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 571
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/15/54
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date8 June 1782
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 'Mrs Wilson C[oncerning] Dr Wilson'. Cullen is still of the opinion that the case is one of gout, and declines to comment on her ailments until he has heard from her husband. Machine scribal copy; a postscript adds 'Being at present much distressed with the Influenza I have been obliged to employ an Emmanuensis'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1479]
Case of Dr Wilson who is very ill with suspected gout.
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[Case ID:2470]
Case of Mrs Agnes Wilson with a weakness of the leg.
2
[Case ID:2567]
Case of Dr William Cullen. This links together some significant instances where Cullen mentions in passing his own illhealth, and letters in which his son Henry, standing in to respond to patients, mentions his father's increasing indisposition and terminal decline from late 1789 (not fully comprehensive).
8


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2992]AddresseeMrs Agnes Wilson
[PERS ID:828]PatientDr Alexander Wilson
[PERS ID:2992]PatientMrs Agnes Wilson
[PERS ID:3966]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Joshua Sampson (Samson)
[PERS ID:3977]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Daniel Bridges
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:828]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendDr Alexander Wilson
[PERS ID:2992]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Agnes Wilson

Places linked to this document

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 Hull North-East England Europe inferred

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Mrs Wilson Concerning Dr Wilson
Madam


Your letter of the 4th which came to hand
yesterday gives me the greatest pleasure in making
me think that my good friend is out of all danger
and as I hope will need little of my further assistance.
Upon Receiving Dr. Samsons letter I have wrote
to him in course but did not enter into a full discussion
of Gout or no Gout
and I acknowledged that the
Hydropic symptoms
were the first to be attended
to yet I thought it might be very dangerous to
drop all supposition of Gout. I am still entirely
of this opinion but what measures it should direct
I cannot positively say as nothing but being on the
spot and knowing circumstances more exactly could
enable me to do so. The Doctor himself or the two
Doctors who are with him must make what use
they can or think proper of the hint I gave in
my Letter to you concerning the use of Guaiacum



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and for obviating any further tendency to Dropsy
I have said all I could in my letter to Dr. Samson,
and I shall be glad to hear again from that Gentleman
or rather from Dr. Wilson himself.


It would give me great pleasure to be able to say
any thing about your own Ailments but while I have
any hopes of hearing from Dr. Wilson I chuse to
wait for his more particular and exact information.
In the mean time be persuaded that nobody more
sincerely wishes your and his happiness than


Dear Madam
your faithful and
most Obedient Servant
William Cullen
Edinburgh 8th. June
1782


P.S. Being at present much distressed with the
Influenza
I have been obliged to employ an Emmanuensis

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Mrs Wilson C Dr Wilson
Madam


Your letter of the 4th which came to hand
yesterday gives me the greatest pleasure in making
me think that my good friend is out of all danger
and as I hope will need little of my further assistance.
Upon Receiving Dr. Samsons letter I have wrote
to him in course but did not enter into a full discussion
of Gout or no Gout
and I acknowledged that the
Hydropic symptoms
were the first to be attended
to yet I thought it might be very dangerous to
drop all supposition of Gout. I am still entirely
of this opinion but what measures it should direct
I cannot positively say as nothing but being on the
spot and knowing circumstances more exactly could
enable me to do so. The Doctor himself or the two
Doctors who are with him must make what use
they can or think proper of the hint I gave in
my Letter to you concerning the use of Guaiacum



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and for obviating any further tendency to Dropsy
I have said all I could in my letter to Dr. Samson,
and I shall be glad to hear again from that Gentleman
or rather from Dr. Wilson himself.


It would give me great pleasure to be able to say
any thing about your own Ailments but while I have
any hopes of hearing from Dr. Wilson I chuse to
wait for his more particular and exact information.
In the mean time be persuaded that nobody more
sincerely wishes your and his happiness than


Dear Madam
your faithful and
most Obedient Servant
William Cullen
Edinr. 8th. June
1782


P.S. Being at present much distressed with the
Influenza
I have been obliged to employ an Emmanuensis

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