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

 

[ID:8] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Robert Redpath / Regarding: Captain Gilbert Trotter (Patient), Miss Wodehouse (Woodhouse) (Woodhouse) (Patient), Mrs Mary Grey (Patient) / 30 June 1764 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'To Mr [Robert] Redpath, Surgeon, Berwick', concerning the case of a Captain Trotter, and mentioning the cases of Mrs Mary Grey and Miss Wodehouse. Cullen recommends a milk diet for Captain Trotter, and plans to visit the patient soon.

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FieldData
DOC ID 8
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/1/5
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date30 June 1764
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 'To Mr [Robert] Redpath, Surgeon, Berwick', concerning the case of a Captain Trotter, and mentioning the cases of Mrs Mary Grey and Miss Wodehouse. Cullen recommends a milk diet for Captain Trotter, and plans to visit the patient soon.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:166]
Case of Captain Trotter who is advised a milk diet and should continue to take stomachics.
2
[Case ID:201]
Case of Mrs Mary Grey who is prescribed an emetic and pectoral mixture.
5
[Case ID:202]
Case of Miss Woodhouse [Wodehouse] who is taking salts for costiveness.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:901]AddresseeMr Robert Redpath
[PERS ID:961]PatientMrs Mary Grey
[PERS ID:959]PatientCaptain Gilbert Trotter
[PERS ID:960]PatientMiss Wodehouse (Woodhouse)
[PERS ID:901]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Robert Redpath
[PERS ID:962]Other ( )

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 Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other The Merse Borders Scotland Europe certain

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June 30th
To Mr Redpath Surgeon Berwick


I have the favour of yours without date three
days ago & am sory to find that Capt trotter does not
make a greater progress - however I hope he shall
shall do well and I am very anxious to contribute
to it as far as I can- He is certainly better in
the Country than in the town & I beg he may be
as steady as possible taking what exercise he
may bear- I do not insist on his keeping so
entirely to a Milk Diet but shall think he
should take it in part & particularly that he should
take some Goat's or Ewe milk when & if he finds the
Cow's milk liable to curdle on his Stomach he must
take less of that but asses or mares milk will
not curdle in the same manner - He must
lay aside the Stomachic Infusion & in place of it
dissolve half an ounce of salt of wormwood in
a muchkin of Rhenish - {illeg} & mark it the
Stomachic Wine half a spoonfull to be taken in
a little water two or three times a day especially
a little before Dinner & Supper. If this sits
tollerably on his Stomach the Dose may be encreased
to a spoonfull. He should still continue the
Tincture & the anodyne should be employed
so often as the diarrhoea requires to be
kept within bounds. I expect no fee for this
letter, & would give a fee to do Capt. Trotter
service I must therefore beg of you to write



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me about him as often as you conveniently can and
particularly let me know where he is for I believe I
shall have occasion to be in the merse 1 and shall visit him
if within my reach - Please give Miss Wodehouse the
following.

Take two drachms of Soluble Tartar., a half drachm of Cream of Tartar, 10 grains of Sal Martis and one drachm of white sugar. Mix and Label: Aperient Salts to be dissolved in a pint of spring water to be taken at several draughts pretty early in the morning. This is to be taken 2 or 3 times a week for several weeks together if it keep the belly easy it is enough but if it does not the soluble tartar may be encreased by a dram ot two.


Your accounts of Mrs Mary Grey gives me great
pleasure I hope they shall continue- I wish you
would give me the same accounts of your sister. By
your saying nothing I hope she is better, compliments to
all my Patients & aquantances at & about Berwick.

Dr Sir Yours etcetera
W.C.

Notes:

1: The Merse is an old term for 'the fertile lowland region of south-eastern Scotland between the Lammermuir Hills and the Tweed' (OED).

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June 30th
To Mr Redpath Surgeon Berwick


I have ye favour of yours wtout date three
days ago & am sory to find yt Capt trotter does not
make a greater progress - however I hope he shall
shall do well and I am very anxious to contribute
to it as far as I can- He is certainly better in
ye Country than in ye town & I beg he may be
as steady as possible taking what exercise he
may bear- I do not insist on his keeping so
entirely to a Milk Diet but shall think he
should take it in part & particularly that he should
take some Goat's or Ewe milk when & if he finds the
Cow's milk liable to curdle on his Stomach he must
take less of that but asses or mares milk will
not curdle in ye same manner - He must
lay aside ye Stomachic Infusion & in place of it
dissolve half an ounce of salt of wormwood in
a muchkin of Rhenish - {illeg} & mark it ye
Stomachic Wine half a spoonfull to be taken in
a little water two or three times a day especially
a little before Dinner & Supper. If this sits
tollerably on his Stomach the Dose may be encreased
to a spoonfull. He should still continue ye
Tincture & ye anodyne should be employed
so often as ye diarrhoea requires to be
kept within bounds. I expect no fee for this
letter, & would give a fee to do Capt. Trotter
service I must therefore beg of you to write



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me about him as often as you conveniently can and
particularly let me know where he is for I believe I
shall have occasion to be in ye merse 1 and shall visit him
if within my reach - Please give Miss Wodehouse ye
following.

Tartar Solub. ʒij Cremor Tartar ʒſs Sal Mart grx
Sachar Alb. ʒj ℳ S. Aperient Salts to be dissolved
in a Pint of Spring Water to be taken at several
Draughts pretty early in ye morning. This is
to be taken 2 or 3 times a week for several
weeks together if it keep ye belly easy it is enough
but if it does not the Soluble Tartar may be encreased
by a dram ot two-


Your accounts of Mrs Mary Grey gives me great
pleasure I hope they shall continue- I wish you
would give me ye same accounts of your sister. By
your saying nothing I hope she is better, Compts to
all my Patients & aquantances at & about Berwick.

Dr Sir Yours &c
W.C.

Notes:

1: The Merse is an old term for 'the fertile lowland region of south-eastern Scotland between the Lammermuir Hills and the Tweed' (OED).

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