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

 

[ID:64] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Andrews / Regarding: Miss Elizabeth? Gillon (Patient), Mr Alexander Gillon ('Mr Sandie') (Patient) / 20 June 1769 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'For Mr Andrews conc. Mr and Miss Gillon'

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 64
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/1/59
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date20 June 1769
Annotation None
TypeScribal copy ( includes Casebook Entry)
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply 'For Mr Andrews conc. Mr and Miss Gillon'
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:271]
Case of Alexander 'Sandie' Gillon which is causing Cullen concern.
1
[Case ID:272]
Case of Miss Gillon who has a stomach disorder.
1


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:8]AddresseeMr Andrews
[PERS ID:877]PatientMr Alexander Gillon ('Mr Sandie')
[PERS ID:876]PatientMiss Elizabeth? Gillon
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:8]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Andrews
[PERS ID:877]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Alexander Gillon ('Mr Sandie')
[PERS ID:879]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr John Gillon (of Wallhouse)
[PERS ID:876]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMiss Elizabeth? Gillon

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Wallhouse Torphichen Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Wallhouse Torphichen Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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To Mr Andrews. concerning Mr & Miss Gillon


I have had not letter from you since I saw you till yes¬
terday when I had also one from Mr Gillon I was out of town
& could not answer you last night & this must now serve as an
answer to both. I think Miss Gillons being free of her stitch and
escaping the very frequent bleedings is a point gained but still I
would not avoid the bleedings when necessary, for they must only be
left of by degrees. The weakness of her stomach will require
time & I think time will do it. I wish she could be brought to
bear sitting up & being out of bed a little for fresh air & gentle
Exercise will do more to strengthen her stomach than any medicines
we can give her. I give up the Tar Water & shall be glad to find
her bear the Infusion amarum as it may be of service
to her I don't belive the Bark purged her but after taking it
so long I think she should intermitt it for some time I have set down
below a Medicine I have often found usefull to weak stomachs
If you have ↑no↑ Spir. Salis as it is not common even in the hands of our
Druggists let me know, that is; send your carrier to me and Ill send you
some o – Mr Sandies situation I am not at all fond of (↑pleased with↑)



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& I think it requires much attention. I think it will be proper
to take four ounces of blood from his arm as he lies upon his
bed. Let him stay at home for that day & at night let him vomit
gently
with with five grains of Ipecacuanha. If his cough still
continues let a moderate sized blister be applied between his shoul¬
ders
but I would not keep this open & instead of an Issue there, if his
cough continues I would make an Issue in one of his arms. As he can
ride only for a mile at a time & as he cannot rid but in very fine
weather I think he does not get enough of Exercise or Air in that way
& that he should still go often in the Carriage. His Diet must still
continue as it has been. I most heartily pray for your success with
both your patients & with best Compliments to all at Wallhouse.

I am. &. c
WC.
Edinburgh 20th June –
1769

Take three drachms of dried red rose flowers. Pour on ten ounces of boiling water. Macerate for four hours and to the squeezed-out strainings add two drachms of Spanish sea-salt. Dissolve and again strain through paper and then finally add enough Spirit of Sea-salt for an agreeable acidity. Label: Stomachic Tincture a table spoonfull to be taken twice a day on a little toast water––

WC.
20th June
1769

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
To Mr Andrews. conc: Mr & Miss Gillon


I have had not letter from you since I saw you till yes¬
terday when I had also one from Mr Gillon I was out of town
& could not answer you last night & this must now serve as an
answer to both. I think Miss Gillons being free of her stitch and
escaping the very frequent bleedings is a point gained but still I
would not avoid the bleedings when necessary, for they must only be
left of by degrees. The weakness of her stomach will require
time & I think time will do it. I wish she could be brought to
bear sitting up & being out of bed a little for fresh air & gentle
Exercise will do more to strengthen her stomach than any medicines
we can give her. I give up the Tar Water & shall be glad to find
her bear the Infusion amarum as it may be of service
to her I don't belive the Bark purged her but after taking it
so long I think she should intermitt it for some time I have set down
below a Medicine I have often found usefull to weak stomachs
If you have ↑no↑ Spir. Salis as it is not common even in the hands of our
Druggists let me know, that is; send your carrier to me and Ill send you
some o – Mr Sandies situation I am not at all fond of (↑pleased with↑)



[Page 2]

& I think it requires much attention. I think it will be proper
to take four ounces of blood from his arm as he lies upon his
bed. Let him stay at home for that day & at night let him vomit
gently
with with five grains of Ipecacuanha. If his cough still
continues let a moderate sized blister be applied between his shoul¬
ders
but I would not keep this open & instead of an Issue there, if his
cough continues I would make an Issue in one of his arms. As he can
ride only for a mile at a time & as he cannot rid but in very fine
weather I think he does not get enough of Exercise or Air in that way
& that he should still go often in the Carriage. His Diet must still
continue as it has been. I most heartily pray for your success with
both your patients & with best Compts to all at Wallhouse.

I am. &. c
WC.
Edinr. 20th June –
1769


flor. Rosar. rubr. siccatur. ʒiii
Affunde Aq. bullient. ℥x Digere per horas quatuor.
et colaturæ expressæ adde___
Sal marin. Hispan. ʒii solve et iterum
per chartam cola et demum adde.
Spir. Sal. marin. q.s. ad gratum asiditutem
Signa Stomachic Tincture a table spoonfull to be taken
twice a day on a little toast water––

WC.
20th June
1769

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