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

 

[ID:5809] From: Dr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" ) / To: Mr John Goodsir / Regarding: Mr John Bethune (Lindsay) (Lindsay of Wormiston; after 1782, Bethune of Kilconquhar/Balfour) (Patient) / 11 April 1789 / (Outgoing)

Reply for 'Mr. Bethune' to John Goodsir, from Henry Cullen on behalf of himself and his father. The use of the electuary is to be continued, but the Cullens require further information to advise more fully on medicines.

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DOC ID 5809
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/21/81
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date11 April 1789
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
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Summary Reply for 'Mr. Bethune' to John Goodsir, from Henry Cullen on behalf of himself and his father. The use of the electuary is to be continued, but the Cullens require further information to advise more fully on medicines.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:196]
Case of John (Lindsay) Bethune of Kilconquhar, being reported almost daily by his surgeon John Goodsir.
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[PERS ID:544]AuthorDr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[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:544]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )

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Mr. Bethune
Edinr April 11th 1789
Dear Sir,


We received yours of yesterday and
we must regret that you have not given
us a report sooner, as we think Mr. Bethunes
complaints seem to be little or nothing better.
We expressed a wish in a former letter that
you would endeavour to ascertain exactly what
from what particular feelings his rest was
rendered uneasy
during the night.


We still are of opinion that the use
of the Electuary is to be persisted in, and
given in such doses as you shall find ne¬
cessary to move the belly as formerly.


You mention having tried the Lau¬
danum
and Squills without the nitre
and that that they in this form had measurable



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effects, but we wish you had been more explicit
and informed us if he had passed a better
night, or if the quantity of his urine or state
of his belly did not remained the same. Also
you tell us you were to try the combinatio[n]
with the Nitre again as we had advised
we wish to have a report from you, as
soon as you conveniently can. We cannot
think that the sweet spirit of Nitre
can be a proper Substitute for the Nitre
in substance.


We have no experience of the use of
the Vitriolic acid in such cases, but are
at a loss to know in what state of the
acid you were inclined to use it.


We hope you still strictly injoin



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as much exercise as Mr. Bethune can
well bear, and now that the weather
seems to be becoming more mild we hope
he will be able to increase it daily


I am with great regard
Dear Sir,
Your most Obedient Servant
Henry Cullen

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Mr. Bethune
Edinr April 11th 1789
Dear Sir,


We received yours of yesterday and
we must regret that you have not given
us a report sooner, as we think Mr. Bethunes
complaints seem to be little or nothing better.
We expressed a wish in a former letter that
you would endeavour to ascertain exactly what
from what particular feelings his rest was
rendered uneasy
during the night.


We still are of opinion that the use
of the Electuary is to be persisted in, and
given in such doses as you shall find ne¬
cessary to move the belly as formerly.


You mention having tried the Lau¬
danum
and Squills without the nitre
and that that they in this form had measurable



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effects, but we wish you had been more explicit
and informed us if he had passed a better
night, or if the quantity of his urine or state
of his belly did not remained the same. Also
you tell us you were to try the combinatio[n]
with the Nitre again as we had advised
we wish to have a report from you, as
soon as you conveniently can. We cannot
think that the sweet spirit of Nitre
can be a proper Substitute for the Nitre
in substance.


We have no experience of the use of
the Vitriolic acid in such cases, but are
at a loss to know in what state of the
acid you were inclined to use it.


We hope you still strictly injoin



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as much exercise as Mr. Bethune can
well bear, and now that the weather
seems to be becoming more mild we hope
he will be able to increase it daily


I am with great regard
Dear Sir,
Your most Obedient Servant
Henry Cullen

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