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

 

[ID:770] From: Mr William Joseph Kenworthy (Kennworthy, Kenworthey) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr William Joseph Kenworthy (Kennworthy, Kenworthey) (Patient), Mrs Kenworthy (Kenworthey, Kennworthy) (Patient) / 20 August 1764 / (Incoming)

Letter from William Kenworthey regarding the case of his wife, who has a pain in her face, and of himself, troubled by 'disagreeable involuntary nocturnal emissions' and with feeling 'feeble and faintish'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 770
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/38
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date20 August 1764
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from William Kenworthey regarding the case of his wife, who has a pain in her face, and of himself, troubled by 'disagreeable involuntary nocturnal emissions' and with feeling 'feeble and faintish'.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:182]
Case of Mrs Kenworthy [Kenworthey] who has toothache.
2
[Case ID:183]
Case of Mr Kenworthy [Kenworthey], who reports 'nocturnal emissions' and various signs of weakness.
2


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:299]AuthorMr William Joseph Kenworthy (Kennworthy, Kenworthey)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:300]PatientMrs Kenworthy (Kenworthey, Kennworthy)
[PERS ID:299]PatientMr William Joseph Kenworthy (Kennworthy, Kenworthey)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1264]OtherMr Dennison

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Place of Writing London London and South-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Leeds North-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Scarborough North-East England Europe certain

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London 20th August 1764
Sir


I did not arrive here till the 16th Inst.
& agreable to your permission I shall take
the liberty to ask an explanation, &
your opinion about one thing or other.


Mrs Kenworthy has now & then still
been troubled with the pain in her face
& will now begin regularly to follow
your prescription, but there is a doubt
barely my own, come into my head, if
the Blister wont contribute wont con¬
tribute to drain the Vessells of fluid
or watery particles, so thicken the blood
which circulates too much, I believe to¬
wards her head, I fancy might rather
obstruct than facilitate the circulation
to prevent any ill consequences of which
has been one reason I judge, for bleeding
her twice a year
however I cant
pretend to understand any thing about
the matters, yet, can't not forbear
proposing my doubt to you. Her



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chief pain is in or about her cheek bone,
& a little above the eye, in the forehead, the
same side of the Face; her pain now & then
makes her talk of having the tooth drawn
which is huch'd, & indeed at times gives her
pain, but dont think it the cause of her
principal complaint.


As to myself, I cannot say I have been
often troubled with those disagreable involuntary
nocturnal emissions, but found my self
feeble & faintish, tho one day more than
another also sometimes a greater weariness
hangs upon me, at going out, than at
coming home from even a pretty long walk.
I bath'd thrice at Scarborough, [during?] my
short stay of 5 days, which / added to my eating
chiefly mutton & beef, & no vegetables [hardly?]
I think has done me good being but
little troubled with wind ↑& not so faintish [Start of margin text] a kind of oppression on my breast & I cant get quite rid of & yesterday I found a slight pain on my left side near the heart, this day rather less & sometimes a kind of twitching pain on the right side. Perhaps is only wind[End of margin text], only am
grown very lean
. I fancy one part
of my disorder might be a spoilt or
at least very weak stomach; my appetite
is rather better than it was
. For my
breakfast I eat 2 Eggs boil'd 2
minutes, & after them a single dish of



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tea, with dry toast or if I spread butter
on it, is but little; after noon, instead
of Tea
, I drink a little boil'd water mix'd
with brandy & milk, instead of tea. This I heard
at Leeds, had been recommended to one Mr
Dinnison there, by your self, whom he went
to Edinburgh to consult. I am proposing
further to drink asses milk, of which am
told, must take ½ an English pint in
a morning before I get up whither this
be propper along with the Pills you prescrib'd
& the same day with the cold Bath, / which I have
begun to use ↑F in the common way, have gone not very farr from my lodgings / ↑/ I want your advice about. Either
before or after breakfast I think to
ride out for about an hour, but dont
know if in bad weather, I had not better
stay at home. One symptom, I will yet
repeat, as I fancy I may have mention'd it
before, is that When I lay on my left
side
, I feel a pretty strong pulse in my
head. When I have your answer to the above
wither, the whole be approv'd of, & a few hints
once more what I am to avoyd in my dyet
I think I shall perfectly know how to proceed, &
hope to do well, which & your advice to Mrs Ken¬


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worthey, will allways be gratefully remember'd
& acknowledg'd by

Sir your most obedient humble Servant
Wm Josh Kenworthey
✍ 1764

Diplomatic Text

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Londn 20 Augst 1764
Sir


I did not arrive here till ye 16th Inst.
& agreable to yr permission I shall take
ye liberty to ask an explanation, &
yr opinion abt one thing or other.


Mrs Kenworthy has now & then still
been troubled wth ye pain in her face
& will now begin regularly to follow
yr prescription, but there is a doubt
barely my own, come into my head, if
the Blister wont contribute wont con¬
tribute to drain ye Vessells of fluid
or watery particles, so thicken ye blood
wch circulates too much, I believe to¬
wards her head, I fancy might rather
obstruct than facilitate ye circulation
to prevent any ill consequences of wch
has been one reason I judge, for bleedg
her twice a year
however I cant
pretend to understand any thing abt
ye matters, yet, can't not forbear
proposing my doubt to you. Her



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chief pain is in or about her cheek bone,
& a little above ye eye, in ye forehead, ye
same side of ye Face; her pain now & then
makes her talk of havg the tooth drawn
wch is huch'd, & indeed at times gives her
pain, but dont think it the cause of her
principal complaint.


As to myself, I cannot say I have been
often troubled wth those disagreable involuntary
nocturnal emissions, but found my self
feeble & faintish, tho one day more than
another also sometimes a greater weariness
hangs upon me, at going out, than at
comg home from even a pretty long walk.
I bath'd thrice at Scarborough, [durg?] my
short stay of 5 days, wch / added to my eatg
chiefly mutton & beef, & no vegetables [hardly?]
I think has done me good being but
little troubled wth wind ↑& not so faintish [Start of margin text] a kind of oppression on my breast & I cant get quite rid of & yesterday I found a slight pain on my left side near the heart, this day rather less & sometimes a kind of twitching pain on ye right side. Perhaps is only wind[End of margin text], only am
grown very lean
. I fancy one part
of my disorder might be a spoilt or
at least very weak stomach; my appetite
is rather better than it was
. For my
breakfast I eat 2 Eggs boil'd 2
minutes, & after them a single dish of



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tea, wth dry toast or if I spread butter
on it, is but little; after noon, instead
of Tea
, I drink a little boil'd water mix'd
wth brandy & milk, instead of tea. This I heard
at Leeds, had been recommended to one Mr
Dinnison there, by yr self, whom he went
to Edinburgh to consult. I am proposing
further to drink asses milk, of wch am
told, must take ½ an English pint in
a morning before I get up whither this
be propper along wth ye Pills you prescrib'd
& ye same day wth ye cold Bath, / wch I have
begun to use ↑F in ye common way, have gone not very farr from my lodgs ↑/ I want yr advice about. Either
before or after breakfast I think to
ride out for abt an hour, but dont
know if in bad weather, I had not better
stay at home. One symptom, I will yet
repeat, as I fancy I may have mention'd it
before, is that When I lay on my left
side
, I feel a pretty strong pulse in my
head. When I have yr answer to ye above
wither, ye whole be approv'd of, & a few hints
once more what I am to avoyd in my dyet
I think I shall perfectly know how to proceed, &
hope to do well, wch & your advice to Mrs Ken¬


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worthey, will allways be gratefully remember'd
& acknowledg'd by

Sir your most ob't hum Serv't
Wm Josh Kenworthey
✍ 1764

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