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

 

[ID:706] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr William Ingham / Regarding: Miss Barbara Peareth (Pearith) (Patient) / 28 January 1783 / (Outgoing)

Reply to Dr Ingham regarding the ongoing illness of Miss [Mary] Peareth.

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FieldData
DOC ID 706
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/15/193
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date28 January 1783
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply to Dr Ingham regarding the ongoing illness of Miss [Mary] Peareth.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:53]
Case of Miss Barbara Peareth who is thought to have an internal abdominal tumour.
13


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:82]AddresseeMr William Ingham
[PERS ID:662]PatientMiss Barbara Peareth (Pearith)
[PERS ID:82]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Ingham
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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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 Newcastle upon Tyne North-East England Europe inferred

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Mr Ingham Concerning Miss B. Peareth

Dear Sir


If my correspondence with you can any ways gra¬
tify M.rs Pearith & family you may freely command it
I do not find it easy to render it useful but I shall not
grudge my trouble is endeavouring to be useful as possible


The present state of her stomach in rejecting both
food & medicine may render every proposal of either kind
fruitless and if the opiatewhich she still bears does not
bring back her stomach to bear other things I am afraid
every other attempt in vain but I shall observe that I
have sometimes found the Vitriolic acid useful & you will
please make the mixture prescribed below & I hope you
shall find a tea spoonful of this in two Ounces of water
not quite cold may be taken down with pleasure and
perhaps remain on the stomach. If it does so you might
try to give it in Beef Tea instead of plain water and by
giving such small portions at proper intervals you may
thus introduce a little nourishment. You might perhaps
in this way also introduce some medicine but I expect
so little from any thing we could introduce that I cannot



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advise to hazard disturbing the stomach. In what I have
and I [often?] attempted a measure for reconciling the sto¬
mach
to some nourishment but it is not impossible
that all our attempts in that way may be fruitless
& that the only measure we can take must be by
injection & in that way you have taken the most
proper measures that could be proposed & I have only
to say that the Broth employed should not be very
strong nor in large quantity at once as these cir¬
cumstances are ready to bring it off too soon & I have
in such cases been obliged to confine myself to Calves
foot jelly
as simply prepared by Decoction without
being clarified with wine or fruit. This melted by a
gentle heat & thrown in by a Syringe previously
warmed to the quantity of about four ounces at one time
but repeated three or four times a day will I hope
answer with you very well. Wishing you success with
Compliments to the family I am with great regard


Dear Sir
your most Obedient Servant

William Cullen

Edinburgh 28.th January
1783



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For Miss Barbara Peareth

Take three ounces of rose Water, half an ounce of Syrup obtained from dried roses and half an ounce of Spiritus vitroli tenuis. Mix and label Stomachic Mixture a spoonful to be taken in two ounces of Water several times a day.


January 28. 1783.

W.C.

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Mr Ingham C Miss B. Peareth

Dear Sir


If my correspondence with you can any ways gra¬
tify M.rs Pearith & family you may freely command it
I do not find it easy to render it useful but I shall not
grudge my trouble is endeavouring to be useful as possible


The present state of her stomach in rejecting both
food & medicine may render every proposal of either kind
fruitless and if the opiatewhich she still bears does not
bring back her stomach to bear other things I am afraid
every other attempt in vain but I shall observe that I
have sometimes found the Vitriolic acid useful & you will
please make the mixture prescribed below & I hope you
shall find a tea spoonful of this in two Ounces of water
not quite cold may be taken down with pleasure and
perhaps remain on the stomach. If it does so you might
try to give it in Beef Tea instead of plain water and by
giving such small portions at proper intervals you may
thus introduce a little nourishment. You might perhaps
in this way also introduce some medicine but I expect
so little from any thing we could introduce that I cannot



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advise to hazard disturbing the stomach. In what I have
and I [often?] attempted a measure for reconciling the sto¬
mach
to some nourishment but it is not impossible
that all our attempts in that way may be fruitless
& that the only measure we can take must be by
injection & in that way you have taken the most
proper measures that could be proposed & I have only
to say that the Broth employed should not be very
strong nor in large quantity at once as these cir¬
cumstances are ready to bring it off too soon & I have
in such cases been obliged to confine myself to Calves
foot jelly
as simply prepared by Decoction without
being clarified with wine or fruit. This melted by a
gentle heat & thrown in by a Syringe previously
warmed to the quantity of about four ounces at one time
but repeated three or four times a day will I hope
answer with you very well. Wishing you success with
Compliments to the family I am with great regard


Dear Sir
your most Obedient Servt

William Cullen

Edinr 28.th Janry
1783



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For Miss Barbara Peareth


Aq. rosar ℥iij
Syr e ros. sicc.
Spir.t vitriol. ten. @ ℥fs
ℳ Sig Stomachic Mixture, a tea Spoonful
to be taken in two ounces of Water several
times a day.


Janry 28. 1783.

W.C.

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