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

 

[ID:5881] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: [ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN] / Regarding: Mrs Adams (Patient) / 25 August 1789 / (Outgoing)

Reply, '[***] C[oncerning] Mrs Adams'.

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DOC ID 5881
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/21/152
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date25 August 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, '[***] C[oncerning] Mrs Adams'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

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[Case ID:2353]
Case of Mrs Adams who has water on her chest. No obvious incoming letter but Cullen's report to her practitioner(?) implies that he has just seen her in person.
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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5737]PatientMrs Adams
[PERS ID:5827]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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[Page 1]
Concerning Mrs. Adams
Dear Sir


I have been consulted just now
by Mrs. Adams a Patient of yours. I am
[Clearly?] of opinion that she has a great deal of
water in her breast as well as in her legs
and the only means by which ↑as I {illeg} we can relieve
her is by increasing the quantity of her urine.


[For this?] purpose I {illeg} you have employed to
Squills and other Diuretics, but as they have
not been effective I think she is a Subject
for the Digitalis, and you may employ it in
this manner. Take the leaves of the Digitalis
and [short?] Stalks or pedicles, and of these leaves
moderately dried take the weight of one dram
and infuse it in eight Ounces of barley water.
When this has stood for twenty four hours
you may strain it off first through linen
and then through paper. Of this Infusion
you may give in the forenoon four Tea spoonfuls
or half a table spoonful. If the stomach bears
this easily you may repeat the dose towards Evening
next day the same doses may be repeated at the
same times, but if the stomach has bore the first
{illeg} [very?] well, the doses are to be slowly, but
gradually increased to what the stomach easily bears
and {illeg} the stomach should be be a little {illeg}
of pain {illeg} that the urine is {illeg}
{illeg} the medicine till you obtain a {illeg}
considerable flow, the only certain means I can think
of for the relief. Wishing you heartily success I am with
great regard Dear Sir

Yours
William Cullen

Edinburgh 25th. August
1789

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C. Mrs. Adams
Dear Sir


I have been consulted just now
by Mrs. Adams a Patient of yours. I am
[Clearly?] of opinion that she has a great deal of
water in her breast as well as in her legs
and the only means by which ↑as I {illeg} we can relieve
her is by increasing the quantity of her urine.


[For this?] purpose I {illeg} you have employed to
Squills and other Diuretics, but as they have
not been effective I think she is a Subject
for the Digitalis, and you may employ it in
this manner. Take the leaves of the Digitalis
and [short?] Stalks or pedicles, and of these leaves
moderately dried take the weight of one dram
and infuse it in eight Ounces of barley water.
When this has stood for twenty four hours
you may strain it off first through linen
and then through paper. Of this Infusion
you may give in the forenoon four Tea spoonfuls
or half a table spoonful. If the stomach bears
this easily you may repeat the dose towards Evening
next day the same doses may be repeated at the
same times, but if the stomach has bore the first
{illeg} [very?] well, the doses are to be slowly, but
gradually increased to what the stomach easily bears
and {illeg} the stomach should be be a little {illeg}
of pain {illeg} that the urine is {illeg}
{illeg} the medicine till you obtain a {illeg}
considerable flow, the only certain means I can think
of for the relief. Wishing you heartily success I am with
great regard Dear Sir

Yours
William Cullen

Edinr. 25th. Augt.
1789

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