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

 

[ID:752] From: Mr William Taylor / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Taylor (Patient) / 16 June 1762 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Taylor sending replies to specific questions posed in 'yours of the 5th', almost certainly regarding the Miss Taylor of Letter ID 746, suffering from fainting, shivering and a pain in the side. [Mention is made of sending the response to a Jeanie Forbes for passing on 'to her sister', but this sister may not necessarily be the patient or, alternatively, Forbes may be a sister-in-law or a half-sister.]

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FieldData
DOC ID 752
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/20
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date16 June 1762
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from William Taylor sending replies to specific questions posed in 'yours of the 5th', almost certainly regarding the Miss Taylor of Letter ID 746, suffering from fainting, shivering and a pain in the side. [Mention is made of sending the response to a Jeanie Forbes for passing on 'to her sister', but this sister may not necessarily be the patient or, alternatively, Forbes may be a sister-in-law or a half-sister.]
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:93]
Case of Miss Taylor with a long history of illness including sleeplessness, 'lowness of spirits' and breathing problems.
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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:251]AuthorMr William Taylor
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:289]PatientMiss Taylor
[PERS ID:766]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary James Donaldson
[PERS ID:765]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMiss Jeanie Forbes
[PERS ID:251]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr William Taylor

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing New Deer East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred

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Dear Sir


Yours of the 11th instant came to
hand yesterday & I believe it will answer much better
that you have delayed till further Information.
For now the feverish Symptoms & Cough are
entirely gone, & seem to have been only the effect
of Cold
which you know may be easily catched
even in a warm room after sweating. The weakness
occasioned by her illness in Aprile is much abated, so
that she is able now to go out sometimes to the Garden
& sometimes in a wheel machine, 1 tho it was with great
reluctance she attempted this having found little success
by riding last summer. As for Opiates she has used
none of them in her present Illness. She took about 15 drops
of Lodanum
↑every night↑ in her first trouble under her Lowness of Spirits
& want of rest, but without any sensible Effect.


1
As to the questions you propose. The Pulse seems
to be much the same at all times in the day, except
when the faintings come on (none of which she has had for
three weeks past & {illeg} of them this winter, at present
beats about 82 in a minute


2
Since Aprile last & always since her trouble begun
she has been liable to chillness & {illeg} shivering
This chillness is always succeeded by a warm fit, & some¬
times preceeded by it.


3
When she does not sleepshe sweats a little in
the forepart of the night
, or rather is hot,but since
shes begun to go abroad s≠weats none in the morning.


4
The pain in her side is not more fixed than before
but continues to move about & often in her back lately.
Is sometimes like a weight in the side of her belly &
then she finds difficulty in passing Urine which she
passes more easily & plentifully after belching of wind



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which ↑Belching↑ still continues with her (a full breathing
which she finds very difficult
also eases the pain in her side).


5
Her Tongue at present is moist but a little whitish
and has been in this ↑way↑ all last winter


6
Her Eyes are at present ↑being in the afternoon↑ Clear without any Redness on the
white of em
, but in the morning the Eye lids stick
together.


7
The Chough was attended with very little spitting up
& was commonly owing to cold, which last time went off
by some running in her head & a little blood from
her nose. She found very little Effect from the
Vomits given her in the beginning of her trouble but
found the wind in her Stomach as uneasy the day
after using em, Tho Blisters have been often applied
to her back & one to her head with advantage, they
were never applied to her side because the pains
seems mostly to be internal. She took two small
doses of the bark about a Scruple each every day for
about six days from which she found no Effects.
She has used no musk & little Camphire in some pills with
opium & assafœtida in the beginning of her disorder
The state of her pulse cannot be exactly determined
at the different times you mention particularly after
dinner & towards Evening, because no Physician has
lately seen her at all those different times, but no
Hecktic or very feverish Symptoms
presently appear
nor had she ever any Cough or disorder in
her Lungs from which Tubercles might be suspected
but as we observed before she complains sometimes
of a heat & chillness alternately &a little inclinable
to sweating
. She is always so apprehensive of
cold that we can scarce prevail with her to go ever
in this hot weather out of a warm room &
every Night baths her Legs in warm water
which [I am?] affraid relaxes the Nerves but this I



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add without advising her Physician. Her face is still
red
& some eruptions of the scurvy. You [used?]
to advise Exercise to which she has had little
inclination either without or within doors. Im
Ashamed of your Generosity but hope I may have
the pleasure of seeing you at Edinburgh that I
may [profer?] my Gratitude. Her Physician was
Dr James Donaldson & since his death we
have only a young man bred a Surgeon
& practised sometime in Giberaltar. You
send your Oppinion to Miss Jeanie Forbes
at Troups Lodging who will forward the
same under Cover to her Sister. In the mean
time may the Almighty bless your Endeavours
to release the Distressed

& I am with
great regard Dear Sir
your most oblidged humble Servant
Will Taylor
New Deer
June 16th 1762



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1762

Notes:

1: General term for a horse-drawn vehicle.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Dear Sir


Yours of the 11th instant came to
hand yesterday & I believe it will answer much better
that you have delayed till further Information.
For now the feverish Symptoms & Cough are
entirely gone, & seem to have been only the effect
of Cold
which you know may be easily catched
even in a warm room after sweating. The weakness
occasioned by her illness in Aprile is much abated, so
that she is able now to go out sometimes to the Garden
& sometimes in a wheel machine, 1 tho it was with great
reluctance she attempted this having found little success
by riding last summer. As for Opiates she has used
none of them in her present Illness. She took about 15 drops
of Lodanum
↑every night↑ in her first trouble under her Lowness of Spirits
& want of rest, but without any sensible Effect.


1
As to the questions you propose. The Pulse seems
to be much the same at all times in the day, except
qn the faintings come on (none of qh she has had for
three weeks past & {illeg} of them this winter, at present
beats about 82 in a minute


2
Since Aprile last & always since her trouble begun
she has been liable to chillness & {illeg} shivering
This chillness is always succeeded by a warm fit, & some¬
times preceeded by it.


3
When she does not sleepshe sweats a little in
the forepart of the night
, or rather is hot,but since
shes begun to go abroad s≠weats none in the morning.


4
The pain in her side is not more fixed than before
but continues to move about & often in her back lately.
Is sometimes like a weight in the side of her belly &
then she finds difficulty in passing Urine which she
passes more easily & plentifully after belching of wind



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which ↑Belching↑ still continues with her (a full breathing
which she finds very difficult
also eases the pain in her side).


5
Her Tongue at present is moist but a little whitish
and has been in this ↑way↑ all last winter


6
Her Eyes are at present ↑being in the afternoon↑ Clear without any Redness on the
white of em
, but in the morning the Eye lids stick
together.


7
The Chough was attended with very little spitting up
& was commonly owing to cold, qh last time went off
by some running in her head & a little blood from
her nose. She found very little Effect from the
Vomits given her in the beginning of her trouble but
found the wind in her Stomach as uneasy the day
after using em, Tho Blisters have been often applied
to her back & one to her head wt advantage, they
were never applied to her side because the pains
seems mostly to be internal. She took two small
doses of the bark about a Scruple each every day for
about six days from which she found no Effects.
She has used no musk & little Camphire in some pills wt
opium & assafœtida in the beginning of her disorder
The state of her pulse cannot be exactly determined
at the different times you mention particularly after
dinner & towards Evening, because no Physician has
lately seen her at all those different times, but no
Hecktic or very feverish Symptoms
presently appear
nor had she ever any Cough or disorder in
her Lungs from which Tubercles might be suspected
but as we observed before she complains sometimes
of a heat & chillness alternately &a little inclinable
to sweating
. She is always so apprehensive of
cold that we can scarce prevail wt her to go ever
in this hot weather out of a warm room &
every Night baths her Legs in warm water
which [I am?] affraid relaxes the Nerves but this I



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add without advising her Physician. Her face is still
red
& some eruptions of the scurvy. You [used?]
to advise Exercise to which she has had little
inclination either without or within doors. Im
Ashamed of your Generosity but hope I may have
the pleasure of seeing you at Edinr that I
may [profer?] my Gratitude. Her Physician was
Dr James Donaldson & since his death we
have only a young man bred a Surgeon
& practised sometime in Giberaltar. You
send your Oppinion to Miss Jeanie Forbes
at Troups Lodging who will forward the
same under Cover to her Sister. In the mean
time may the Almighty bless your Endeavours
to release the Distressed

& I am with
great regard Dear Sir
your most oblidged humble Servt
Will Taylor
New Deer
June 16th 1762



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1762

Notes:

1: General term for a horse-drawn vehicle.

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