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

 

[ID:819] From: Mr Gavin Fullarton / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Forbes (Patient), Anonymous (Patient), Anonymous (Patient), Anonymous (Patient), Anonymous (Patient), Anonymous (Patient), Anonymous (Patient), Anonymous (Patient), Anonymous (Patient) / 14 April 1772 / (Incoming)

Letter from the surgeon Gavin Fullarton regarding the case of Miss Forbes, who suffers from a 'White Swelling' of her knee. Also served as cover-letter for an account of inoculating against smallpox (identified as Letter ID:810). Reference to 'Mr Sutton' has been assumed to be the inoculator Daniel Sutton, but might refer to Daniel's father Robert Sutton who had originally devised a safer method of smallpox inoculation.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 819
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/86
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date14 April 1772
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from the surgeon Gavin Fullarton regarding the case of Miss Forbes, who suffers from a 'White Swelling' of her knee. Also served as cover-letter for an account of inoculating against smallpox (identified as Letter ID:810). Reference to 'Mr Sutton' has been assumed to be the inoculator Daniel Sutton, but might refer to Daniel's father Robert Sutton who had originally devised a safer method of smallpox inoculation.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:64]
Case of Miss Forbes with a 'white swelling' of her knee.
2
[Case ID:426]
Case of nine children inoculated against small-pox by Greenock surgeon Gavin Fullarton.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:623]AuthorMr Gavin Fullarton
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:948]Patient
[PERS ID:338]PatientMiss Forbes
[PERS ID:949]Patient
[PERS ID:950]Patient
[PERS ID:951]Patient
[PERS ID:944]Patient
[PERS ID:945]Patient
[PERS ID:946]Patient
[PERS ID:947]Patient
[PERS ID:132]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Wilson
[PERS ID:623]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Gavin Fullarton
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1178]Other Physician / SurgeonMr Daniel Sutton
[PERS ID:86]Other Physician / SurgeonDr David Colquhoun
[PERS ID:970]OtherMrs Scott

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Greenock Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other North Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Glasgow Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir
Greenock 14th. April 1772


I have been desired to write Miss Forbes's case
to you, about whom Mrs Scott spoke lately to you. She came
over from the Highlands about a fortnight ago to shew me her
Knee; It was the first time I had seen or heard of it. I found
a very considerable puffy Swelling round the whole Joint of the
Knee especially on the fore part round the Patella, and on the
Inside - There is no degree of discolouring or Inflammation
on any part of it, nor is it painful to the touch, excepting in
one part on the inside - and that, but slightly - It is nine
Months since she first felt some pain in that Knee - She
had a Menstrual Obstruction for some Months before and
after; but has been regular for some Months past - She
never was sensible of having received any hurt upon
it - The Knee was painful but a few Weeks before
the Swelling began, and the Swelling has been gradually
increasing - It is perfectly easy when she sits with the
Knee bent, but is very stiff & painful when she gets
first up & attempts to walk - After walking about
a while it becomes easier - She apprehends that lately,
the Thigh immediately above the Swelling has shrunk
& become a little smaller than the other, and I believe
it is so - It is evidently a White Swelling - Before
I saw her she had been adviced to use poultices of
the Hemlock Root which she had been doing for a
Week or two, and she thought with some Advantage -
I advised her to continue the use of fomentations and
poultices made with the Hemlock leaves, which can now
be got fresh; and (as I am a warm friend to Hemlock)
I advised her likewise to take it internally, and give



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her a quantity of the pills to take home with her - I
advised her if she did not find much benefit from the
use of the Hemlock for some Weeks, to try the Sea water,
which she has a good Opportunity of doing where she
lives - If any thing occurs to you further to be done
I shall advise her of it -


Along with this, I send you the Small pox History
which you desired to see - There is certainly something
difficult in it - I cannot determine how it is - If it was
the Small pox that the Children were first inoculated
from, Mr Wilsons youngest Child has had them twice -
at least, the first Appearance upon his Arm, altho without
fever or consequent Eruption, I believe would have
satsify'd Mr Sutton that he was exempted from any
future Infection - If it was not the Small pox, then,
it woud appear, that there is a pustular Eruption which
if a person undergoes, disqualifies for a while at least,
for receiving Infection from the Small pox - I beg to
know your Opinion and to have your reflections upon it -
I read to Mr Wilson & Mr Colquhoun a long while ago
when the facts were recent & when they could easily
have corrected what was wrong, the Notes I had taken,
and from which I had (↑have↑) copied what I send you. They
agreed that as far as they knew or were concerned
that the facts were fairly related -

I always am
very respectfully Dear Sir Your much obliged &
most obedientServant -
Gav.' Fullarton



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For Doctor William Cullen
Edinburgh

✍ 1772

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir
Greenock 14th. April 1772


I have been desired to write Miss Forbes's case
to you, about whom Mrs Scott spoke lately to you. She came
over from the Highlands about a fortnight ago to shew me her
Knee; It was the first time I had seen or heard of it. I found
a very considerable puffy Swelling round the whole Joint of the
Knee especially on the fore part round the Patella, and on the
Inside - There is no degree of discolouring or Inflammation
on any part of it, nor is it painful to the touch, excepting in
one part on the inside - and that, but slightly - It is nine
Months since she first felt some pain in that Knee - She
had a Menstrual Obstruction for some Months before and
after; but has been regular for some Months past - She
never was sensible of having received any hurt upon
it - The Knee was painful but a few Weeks before
the Swelling began, and the Swelling has been gradually
increasing - It is perfectly easy when she sits with the
Knee bent, but is very stiff & painful when she gets
first up & attempts to walk - After walking about
a while it becomes easier - She apprehends that lately,
the Thigh immediately above the Swelling has shrunk
& become a little smaller than the other, and I believe
it is so - It is evidently a White Swelling - Before
I saw her she had been adviced to use poultices of
the Hemlock Root which she had been doing for a
Week or two, and she thought with some Advantage -
I advised her to continue the use of fomentations and
poultices made with the Hemlock leaves, which can now
be got fresh; and (as I am a warm friend to Hemlock)
I advised her likewise to take it internally, and give



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her a quantity of the pills to take home with her - I
advised her if she did not find much benefit from the
use of the Hemlock for some Weeks, to try the Sea water,
which she has a good Opportunity of doing where she
lives - If any thing occurs to you further to be done
I shall advise her of it -


Along with this, I send you the Small pox History
which you desired to see - There is certainly something
difficult in it - I cannot determine how it is - If it was
the Small pox that the Children were first inoculated
from, Mr Wilsons youngest Child has had them twice -
at least, the first Appearance upon his Arm, altho without
fever or consequent Eruption, I believe would have
satsify'd Mr Sutton that he was exempted from any
future Infection - If it was not the Small pox, then,
it woud appear, that there is a pustular Eruption which
if a person undergoes, disqualifies for a while at least,
for receiving Infection from the Small pox - I beg to
know your Opinion and to have your reflections upon it -
I read to Mr Wilson & Mr Colquhoun a long while ago
when the facts were recent & when they could easily
have corrected what was wrong, the Notes I had taken,
and from which I had (↑have↑) copied what I send you. They
agreed that as far as they knew or were concerned
that the facts were fairly related -

I always am
very respectfully Dear Sir Your much obliged &
most obed'.Servt -
Gav.' Fullarton



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For Doctor William Cullen
Edinburgh

✍ 1772

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