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

 

[ID:5801] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr John Goodsir / Regarding: Mr John Bethune (Lindsay) (Lindsay of Wormiston; after 1782, Bethune of Kilconquhar/Balfour) (Patient) / 21 March 1789 / (Outgoing)

Letter concerning the case of Mr Bethune; Cullen writes himself because 'my son [i.e. Henry Cullen] is not at home'. p.120.

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FieldData
DOC ID 5801
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/21/73
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date21 March 1789
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter concerning the case of Mr Bethune; Cullen writes himself because 'my son [i.e. Henry Cullen] is not at home'. p.120.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:196]
Case of John (Lindsay) Bethune of Kilconquhar, being reported almost daily by his surgeon John Goodsir.
24


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1301]AddresseeMr John Goodsir
[PERS ID:464]PatientMr John Bethune (Lindsay of Wormiston; after 1782, Bethune of Kilconquhar/Balfour)
[PERS ID:1301]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Goodsir
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2177]Other Physician / SurgeonDr Colin Robertsone (Robertson)
[PERS ID:544]Other Physician / SurgeonDr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )

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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 Kilconquhar House Kilconquhar Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred

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Mr. Bethune
Dear Sir,


As my Son is not at home I must
write you myself. We have received both your
letters of Sunday and Friday, and are exceedingly
happy in the reports you give us, which I
hope will secure worthy Mr. Bethunes entire
recovery.


We hope however that you will con¬
tinue your attention to keep his belly regular
or rather open, and as the Squills do not seem
to trouble his stomach, you may continue these
also for some little time to come, but we dont
think it will now be necessary to employ
the Mercurial pill. Let the regimen and
exercise be studied as hitherto {illeg}
{illeg} that he may not regret {illeg}
{illeg} all he may be, and particularly



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that he may not upon any occasion expose
himself to cold or wet, and drop no part of his
clothing till the season is very well advan¬
ced.


When anything new occurrs we
shall expect to hear from you immediately
but otherwise a report from you once a week
will be sufficient.


I am for Dr. Robertson and myself
Dear Sir,
Your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinburgh 21st March
1789-

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Mr. Bethune
Dear Sir,


As my Son is not at home I must
write you myself. We have received both your
letters of Sunday and Friday, and are exceedingly
happy in the reports you give us, which I
hope will secure worthy Mr. Bethunes entire
recovery.


We hope however that you will con¬
tinue your attention to keep his belly regular
or rather open, and as the Squills do not seem
to trouble his stomach, you may continue these
also for some little time to come, but we dont
think it will now be necessary to employ
the Mercurial pill. Let the regimen and
exercise be studied as hitherto {illeg}
{illeg} that he may not regret {illeg}
{illeg} all he may be, and particularly



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that he may not upon any occasion expose
himself to cold or wet, and drop no part of his
clothing till the season is very well advan¬
ced.


When anything new occurrs we
shall expect to hear from you immediately
but otherwise a report from you once a week
will be sufficient.


I am for Dr. Robertson and myself
Dear Sir,
Your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinr. 21st March
1789-

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