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

 

[ID:656] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Anonymous / Regarding: Mr Foster (Junior) (Patient), Mr William Forster (Patient) / 4 November 1782 / (Outgoing)

Reply concerning Mr Foster's case, written after a consultation with Dr Monro. Cullen believes that his ailments are 'owing to a redundancy of bile from a west India climate rendered still more troublesome by coming to a northern one'.

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DOC ID 656
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/15/142
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date4 November 1782
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TypeMachine copy
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Summary Reply concerning Mr Foster's case, written after a consultation with Dr Monro. Cullen believes that his ailments are 'owing to a redundancy of bile from a west India climate rendered still more troublesome by coming to a northern one'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
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Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1486]
Case of Mr. William Foster whose bilious disorder is attributed to the effects of having resided in the warm climate of the West Indies.
4
[Case ID:2471]
Case of Mr Foster Junior with a complaint of the eyes.
1


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5084]AddresseeDr
[PERS ID:2855]PatientMr William Forster
[PERS ID:2776]PatientMr Foster (Junior)
[PERS ID:5084]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:89]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryProfessor Alexander Monro (secundus; Munro )

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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
Therapeutic Recommendation London London and South-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other West Indies certain

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Mr Foster Senior

Dear Sir,


I have had a consultation of Dr Monro
on the Subject of Mr Fosters complaints and having com¬
municated the history of them very fully to him, he is of the
[Sure?] opinion with respect to the nature of them that I have
always been that is, that they are owing to a redundancy of bile
from a west India climate rendered Still more troublesome by
coming to a northern one. He approves very much of the
medicines hitherto employed and particularly of the evening
draught but he proposes two additional medicines. One is
the addiction of an ounce of the tincture of Kino to every pound
of the Strengthening or astringent Infusion and another is
half a grain or a quarter of a grain of Ipecacuanha to be made
into a small bolus with a little Conserve of Hips & to be taken
for Several nights with the anodyne draught at bedtime.


He agrees with me entirely that Mr Forster may be
much the better for a journey to London taking care only
to avoid rendering it fatiguing and taking the proper pre¬
cautions against Cold. By taking the Anodyne Draught
of the due Strength at night and one of half the Strength



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in the morning we are of opinion that the journey may [be]
managed with little inconveniency.


Dr Monro is also of opinion with me that Mr Fos[ter]
may make a trial of Bath Water, pushing it more or le[ss]
as he Shall find it answer.


D.r Monro is very happy to hear of young M[r]
Fosters Eyes being So much better but agrees with me
that you Should not be in a haste on taking away the
Issue that is in his neck. With respectfull Complimen[ts]
to Mr Foster and best wishes for his health I am for
Dr Monro & my self


Dear Sir,
Your most obedient servant

William Cullen

Edinburgh 4th November
1782.

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Mr Foster Sen.r

Dear Sir,


I have had a consultation of Dr Monro
on the Subject of Mr Fosters complaints and having com¬
municated the history of them very fully to him, he is of the
[Sure?] opinion with respect to the nature of them that I have
always been that is, that they are owing to a redundancy of bile
from a west India climate rendered Still more troublesome by
coming to a northern one. He approves very much of the
medicines hitherto employed and particularly of the evening
draught but he proposes two additional medicines. One is
the addiction of an ounce of the tincture of Kino to every pound
of the Strengthening or astringent Infusion and another is
half a grain or a quarter of a grain of Ipecacuanha to be made
into a small bolus with a little Conserve of Hips & to be taken
for Several nights with the anodyne draught at bedtime.


He agrees with me entirely that Mr Forster may be
much the better for a journey to London taking care only
to avoid rendering it fatiguing and taking the proper pre¬
cautions against Cold. By taking the Anodyne Draught
of the due Strength at night and one of half the Strength



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in the morning we are of opinion that the journey may [be]
managed with little inconveniency.


Dr Monro is also of opinion with me that Mr Fos[ter]
may make a trial of Bath Water, pushing it more or le[ss]
as he Shall find it answer.


D.r Monro is very happy to hear of young M[r]
Fosters Eyes being So much better but agrees with me
that you Should not be in a haste on taking away the
Issue that is in his neck. With respectfull Complimen[ts]
to Mr Foster and best wishes for his health I am for
Dr Monro & my self


Dear Sir,
Your most obedient servant

William Cullen

Ed.r 4th Nov.r
1782.

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