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

 

[ID:631] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Anonymous / Regarding: Miss Forster (Foster) (Patient), Mr William Forster (Patient) / 30 August 1782 / (Outgoing)

Reply concerning Miss Forster, the Berwick postmaster's daughter, whose ailment Cullen guesses to be 'of Psora kind' [p.221-2]. Mentions Mr William Forster.

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FieldData
DOC ID 631
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/15/115
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date30 August 1782
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply concerning Miss Forster, the Berwick postmaster's daughter, whose ailment Cullen guesses to be 'of Psora kind' [p.221-2]. Mentions Mr William Forster.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1929]
Case of Miss Forster (daughter of the Berwick Postmaster, Ralph Forster), whose itchy skin complaint is diagnosed as being a 'Psora of some kind'.
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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5084]AddresseeDr
[PERS ID:2854]PatientMiss Forster (Foster)
[PERS ID:2855]PatientMr William Forster
[PERS ID:5084]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2855]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr William Forster
[PERS ID:2848]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Ralph Forster

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe inferred

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Miss Foster
Dear Sir


I am just now ad consulted by
Mr Forster your postmaster about a daughter of his
and I choose to address my advice to you for this purpose
particularly that if my first advice shall not succeed
you may let me know and I hope I shall be able to mend
it. The nature of the ailment is not quite clear
but I take it to be of Psora kind. It has been relieved
by some Brimstone applications and I would have
a trial mode of some sulphureous remedies and on that
plan I have prescribed on the other page. Let the ointment
to the bigness of a nutmeg be anointed on each hand &
wrist at bedtime and no where else. Let this be done
for three or four nights Successively and then cease anoin¬
ting the hands but let the same quantity of ointment
be rubbed for 3 or 4. nights on the ankles and feet. In
the morning the greasy parts are to be sprinkled with fine
oatmeal and washed with lukewarm water. After this has
been practised for some days you are to observe if the



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pustules which may happen for the time to be on the
hands or feet are deadened and disappear or if any new
ones at the Same time come on. If the ones present
go and no new ones come on you may depend on our oint¬
ments making a cure and you may extend the application
up both arms and legs but if the contrary happens I
shall doubt of our Success. At any rate about ten or twelve
days after you have begun I should be glad to know what
you are doing. While the external application is going
on let her once a week be put into a tepid bath for a quarter
of an hour and while She is in it let her Skin all over be
gently rubbed with her own or another persons hand.


While she is going on with this course let her take
every night & morning a dose of the aperient powders mixed
with a little currant Jelly. These I expect will keep her belly
open. I hope Mr William Forster goes on well. I am always

Dear Sir Your most obedient servant
William Cullen

Edinburgh 30th August
1782



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For Miss Forster

Take a drachm and a half of manufactured Cinnabar, an ounce and a half of flowers of Sulphur, two ounces of Lard and a sufficient quantity of the best Olive Oil to make a Liniment. To which add ten drops each of Essence of lemon and lavender Oil. Label: Specific Liniment

Take fifteen grains each of Aethiop's mineral. and flowers of Sulphur. Mix to make a powder and so make a dose of twenty four. Label: Aperient Powders

W.C.

30th August 1782

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Miss Foster
Dear Sir


I am just now ad consulted by
Mr Forster your postmaster about a daughter of his
and I choose to address my advice to you for this purpose
particularly that if my first advice shall not succeed
you may let me know and I hope I shall be able to mend
it. The nature of the ailment is not quite clear
but I take it to be of Psora kind. It has been relieved
by some Brimstone applications and I would have
a trial mode of some sulphureous remedies and on that
plan I have prescribed on the other page. Let the ointment
to the bigness of a nutmeg be anointed on each hand &
wrist at bedtime and no where else. Let this be done
for three or four nights Successively and then cease anoin¬
ting the hands but let the same quantity of ointment
be rubbed for 3 or 4. nights on the ankles and feet. In
the morning the greasy parts are to be sprinkled with fine
oatmeal and washed with lukewarm water. After this has
been practised for some days you are to observe if the



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pustules which may happen for the time to be on the
hands or feet are deadened and disappear or if any new
ones at the Same time come on. If the ones present
go and no new ones come on you may depend on our oint¬
ments making a cure and you may extend the application
up both arms and legs but if the contrary happens I
shall doubt of our Success. At any rate about ten or twelve
days after you have begun I should be glad to know what
you are doing. While the external application is going
on let her once a week be put into a tepid bath for a quarter
of an hour and while She is in it let her Skin all over be
gently rubbed with her own or another persons hand.


While she is going on with this course let her take
every night & morning a dose of the aperient powders mixed
with a little currant Jelly. These I expect will keep her belly
open. I hope Mr Wm Forster goes on well. I am always

Dear Sir Your most obedient servt
William Cullen

Edinr 30th August
1782



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For Miss Forster


Cinnabar factit ʒjſs
flor. Sulphur. ℥jſs
Axung. porcin. ℥ij
Ol. Olivar. opt. q.s.ut f. Linimentum cui
adde Essent. limon. Ol. Still. lavend. @gtt X.
Signa Specific Liniment


Aethiop. mineral.
flor. Sulphur. @ gr. xv
ℳ. f. pulvis et f.h.m. dos. No XXIV
Sig: Aperient Powders

W.C.

30th August 1782

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