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

 

[ID:5855] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr John Walker / Regarding: Mrs Lenox (Lennox) (Patient) / 15 July 1789 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Mrs Lennox'

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 5855
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/21/126
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date15 July 1789
Annotation None
TypeMachine scribal copy
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen Yes
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, 'Mrs Lennox'
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:2335]
Case of Mrs Lenox who has had flour albus and suffers attacks of dizziness,'faintishness and loss of recollection'.
2


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:838]AddresseeMr John Walker
[PERS ID:5815]PatientMrs Lenox (Lennox)
[PERS ID:838]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Walker
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Kirkcudbright Borders Scotland Europe inferred

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Mrs. Lennox
Dear Sir,


I am favoured with yours concerning
Mrs Lennox and have considered it with
all possible attention. The Fluor albus
is with me very much out of the question
as I doubt if either it is curable, or that
it should be cured if we could. The disease
that I attend to is the affection of the
head which I consider as some accumu¬
lation of the blood which so frequently
happens at Mrs. Lennoxs time of life
and threatens to end either in Epilepsy
Palsy or Apoplexy.


The difficulty of obviating those disea¬
ses which depend upon constitution and
time of life I need not point out to you.
{illeg} time the [measures?] you [have?]



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pursued were certainly the most proper,
The blister was certainly such, but I would
advise more constant drain be a Pea
issue
or Seton in the nape of the neck,
and I would advise her hair to be cut out
as it may be proper to make a further
drain by a perpetual blister on the Crown
of the head
.


The keeping the belly open was cer¬
tainly also a proper measure, and I
have no objection to the Tincture Sennæ
composita
, but I must own that if it
can be done by a cooling laxative added to
the Tincture I should prefer it, though
I own to you, it is difficult to avoid purgi[ng]
{illeg} to avoid a more bulky medicine than
your Patient may willingly bear. The
measures however of keeping the belly
regular, is very necessary, but I must



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leave the conduct of it to your discretions.
Your sending her to the Country is very
proper and her taking gentle exercise
may certainly be of service.


The only medicine that I think can
of of use to her is prescribed in the inclosed
paper which I give with a valet quantum
and wishing you success with
her and all happiness to
yourself I am with great
sincerity


Dear John,
Your obedient humble Servant
William Cullen

Edinburgh 15th. July
1789



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For Mrs. Lennox

Take one ounce of Powdered wild valerian root Russian Castor before with two drachms of powdered Sugar one drach of Powdered cinnamon one and a half ounces of rose Conserve with sufficient simple Syrup to make a soft Electuary Label: Cephalic Electuary A Small Tea spoonful to be taken twice a day an hour before Breakfast and Dinner washing down each dose with a small Cupful of Valerian Tea

W.C.

15th. July
1789

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Mrs. Lennox
Dear Sir,


I am favoured with yours concerning
Mrs Lennox and have considered it with
all possible attention. The Fluor albus
is with me very much out of the question
as I doubt if either it is curable, or that
it should be cured if we could. The disease
that I attend to is the affection of the
head which I consider as some accumu¬
lation of the blood which so frequently
happens at Mrs. Lennoxs time of life
and threatens to end either in Epilepsy
Palsy or Apoplexy.


The difficulty of obviating those disea¬
ses which depend upon constitution and
time of life I need not point out to you.
{illeg} time the [measures?] you [have?]



[Page 2]

pursued were certainly the most proper,
The blister was certainly such, but I would
advise more constant drain be a Pea
issue
or Seton in the nape of the neck,
and I would advise her hair to be cut out
as it may be proper to make a further
drain by a perpetual blister on the Crown
of the head
.


The keeping the belly open was cer¬
tainly also a proper measure, and I
have no objection to the Tincture Sennæ
composita
, but I must own that if it
can be done by a cooling laxative added to
the Tincture I should prefer it, though
I own to you, it is difficult to avoid purgi[ng]
{illeg} to avoid a more bulky medicine than
your Patient may willingly bear. The
measures however of keeping the belly
regular, is very necessary, but I must



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leave the conduct of it to your discretions.
Your sending her to the Country is very
proper and her taking gentle exercise
may certainly be of service.


The only medicine that I think can
of of use to her is prescribed in the inclosed
paper which I give with a valet quantum
and wishing you success with
her and all happiness to
yourself I am with great
sincerity


Dear John,
Your obedient humble Servant
William Cullen

Edinr. 15th. July
1789



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For Mrs. Lennox


Pulv. rad. valer. silvestr. ℥j
Castor. Russ. prius cum
Sacchare triti ʒij
Pulv. cinnam. ʒj
Conserv. rosar. ℥jſs
Syr. simpl. q. s. ut f.
Electuarium malle
Sig. Cephalic Electuary a
Small Tea spoonful to be
taken twice a day an hour
before Breakfast and Dinner
washing down each dose with
a small Cupful of Valerian
Tea

W.C.

15th. July
1789

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