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

 

[ID:6278] From: Mr Alexander Dirom (of Muiresk) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Alexander Dirom (of Muiresk) (Patient) / 19 December 1787 / (Incoming)

Letter from Alexander Dirom, giving a prescription from his new doctor, which Cullen considers improper (Doc [ID:5589]). As he refers to his 'present Country doctor', and the handstamp is for Turriff, he seems to be writing from his country home at Muiresk, rather than his Banff town address.

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FieldData
DOC ID 6278
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/2180
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date19 December 1787
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Alexander Dirom, giving a prescription from his new doctor, which Cullen considers improper (Doc [ID:5589]). As he refers to his 'present Country doctor', and the handstamp is for Turriff, he seems to be writing from his country home at Muiresk, rather than his Banff town address.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:787]
Case of Alexander Dirom, who has a urinary tract ailment.
16


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:5422]AuthorMr Alexander Dirom (of Muiresk)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5422]PatientMr Alexander Dirom (of Muiresk)
[PERS ID:5911]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr
[PERS ID:5913]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5425]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Fotheringham (Fothringham)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Muiresk House Turriff East Highlands Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Aberdeen East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Aberdeenshire East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Turriff East Highlands Scotland Europe certain

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Note from Mr Dirom to Dr. Cullen 19th December 1787 –


Mr Dirom has just received the Doctors note of the 14th. – Neither the
book, not the Apparatus for making the Alkaline Mephitic Water is to be had
in this part of the Country, so that it will be necessary to send them from
Edinburgh, if the gentleman at Aberdeen to whom {illeg} (↑Mr Fothringham↑) wrote, does not
acquaint him that they are sent from thence.


During the Discharge of the blood and since that has been chiefly gone,
there has always been a considerable Discharge in the urine of a [strong?]
substance which falls to the bottom & becomes thick & ropey ↑& tough↑. –– At present
this is sometimes tinged with blood, and frequently pieces of bloody skin
or something of that appearance comes off with the urine.


The first Practitioner Mr Dirom employed said this was of no conse¬
quence, and not worth troubling Dr. Cullen about.


Lately, Mr Dirom has called in another Practitioner, and he says, this
slimy Substance is the disease, that it is occasioned by relaxation
probably brought on by hard exercise and he has prescribed for him
the following Medicine.

Take two ounces of best Venetian Tupentine, one egg yolk, and one and a half ounces of Sugar Mix - a tea Spoonful to [to be ta]ken every night at going to bed mixed in a small tea Cupfull of chicken broth ––


Mr Dirom has taken this medicine for about a week, without any
apparent good consequence and it has increased the Irritation or
desire to make water, which still breaks in more upon his rest, and on
that account he must give it up.


The want of rest is hard upon Mr Dirom, occasioned by the frequent
desire to make water
, and the pain immediately after making it, and he
loses flesh. --


His present Country Doctor advises him, to eat as usual at breakfast &
dinner of light fresh food, or milk, or a little steak or roasted meat, and
to take 3 or 4 glasses of claret after dinner to keep up his Strength; but to
take no food, or any thing after that, to bed time unless it be a little meat
or Jelly. ––




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writer
Edinburgh


Mr. Dirom
December 1787
V. XIX. P. 377

Diplomatic Text

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Note from Mr Dirom to Dr. Cullen 19th Decemr 1787 –


Mr Dirom has just received the Doctors note of the 14th. – Neither the
book, not the Apparatus for making the Alkaline Mephitic Water is to be had
in this part of the Country, so that it will be necessary to send them from
Edinburgh, if the gentleman at Aberdeen to whom {illeg} (↑Mr Fothringham↑) wrote, does not
acquaint him that they are sent from thence.


During the Discharge of the blood and since that has been chiefly gone,
there has always been a considerable Discharge in the urine of a [strong?]
substance which falls to the bottom & becomes thick & ropey ↑& tough↑. –– At present
this is sometimes tinged with blood, and frequently pieces of bloody skin
or something of that appearance comes off with the urine.


The first Practitioner Mr Dirom employed said this was of no conse¬
quence, and not worth troubling Dr. Cullen about.


Lately, Mr Dirom has called in another Practitioner, and he says, this
slimy Substance is the disease, that it is occasioned by relaxation
probably brought on by hard exercise and he has prescribed for him
the following Medicine.


Terebinth. venet. optimi ʒij
Vitell. ovi. № 1.
Sacchari ℥iſs
ℳ - a tea Spoonful to [to be ta]ken every night at going to bed
mixed in a small tea Cupfull of chicken broth ––


Mr Dirom has taken this medicine for about a week, without any
apparent good consequence and it has increased the Irritation or
desire to make water, which still breaks in more upon his rest, and on
that account he must give it up.


The want of rest is hard upon Mr Dirom, occasioned by the frequent
desire to make water
, and the pain immediately after making it, and he
loses flesh. --


His present Country Doctor advises him, to eat as usual at breakfast &
dinner of light fresh food, or milk, or a little steak or roasted meat, and
to take 3 or 4 glasses of claret after dinner to keep up his Strength; but to
take no food, or any thing after that, to bed time unless it be a little meat
or Jelly. ––




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writer
Edinburgh


Mr. Dirom
Decr. 1787
V. XIX. P. 377

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