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

 

[ID:5778] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr William Hamilton (in Glasgow) / Regarding: Mr Andrew Syme (Sym) (Patient) / 9 February 1789 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Mr Syme'

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DOC ID 5778
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/21/50
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date9 February 1789
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, 'Mr Syme'
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1689]
Case of Andrew Syme who suffers from pain in his head.
8


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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:175]AddresseeDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:5452]PatientMr Andrew Syme (Sym)
[PERS ID:175]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Hamilton (in Glasgow)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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

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Mr. Syme
My Dear Sir


I am favoured with your letter con¬
cerning my old friend Mr. Syme, and am very
concerned for him, as I think that such a
violent and very constant hiccup
is a very
bad symptom in a Man of Eighty two, but
we must try to relieve him, and your Opiate
both internally and externally seems to me
very proper, and by the trial you was to
make last night, you will be enabled to
judge how far you may carry it, and both
that and the volatile alkali I would
have you to carry as far, as you can think
safe. The medicine however that I would
especially depend upon is Musk, and if
you can have it genuine, and good I would
give him a draught of ten grains but would
wish a little mucilage, and diffused in a




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little Peppermint water once or twice a day
or oftener if you find the hiccup yield to it
but observe that no quantity of musk will
compensate its deficiency in quality, and
therefore I beg you will inquire for the best
that is to be had in Glasgow


You are certainly right in keeping
his belly regular, and I must leave you
from his former habits to judge what Meats
or drinks are proper to be given. If his life
continues I shall be ready upon your re¬
port to give what further advice I can.


Wishing him heartily relief I am
most sincerely


Dear William
Your most Obedient Servant

William Cullen

Edinburgh 9th. February
1789

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[Page 1]
Mr. Syme
My Dear Sir


I am favoured with your letter con¬
cerning my old friend Mr. Syme, and am very
concerned for him, as I think that such a
violent and very constant hiccup
is a very
bad symptom in a Man of Eighty two, but
we must try to relieve him, and your Opiate
both internally and externally seems to me
very proper, and by the trial you was to
make last night, you will be enabled to
judge how far you may carry it, and both
that and the volatile alkali I would
have you to carry as far, as you can think
safe. The medicine however that I would
especially depend upon is Musk, and if
you can have it genuine, and good I would
give him a draught of ten grains but would
wish a little mucilage, and diffused in a




[Page 2]


little Peppermint water once or twice a day
or oftener if you find the hiccup yield to it
but observe that no quantity of musk will
compensate its deficiency in quality, and
therefore I beg you will inquire for the best
that is to be had in Glasgow


You are certainly right in keeping
his belly regular, and I must leave you
from his former habits to judge what Meats
or drinks are proper to be given. If his life
continues I shall be ready upon your re¬
port to give what further advice I can.


Wishing him heartily relief I am
most sincerely


Dear William
Your most Obedient Servant

William Cullen

Edinr. 9th. Feby.
1789

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