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

 

[ID:839] From: Mr Charles Broughton / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: [A matter not directly regarding a patient] / 24 October 1772 / (Incoming)

Letter from Charles Broughton regarding his earlier advertising letter, discussing several cases where his ointment had been used successfully with testimonials from a number of practitioners and other patrons. Identification of the 'Mr Meason' mentioned in this letter as Gilbert Meason is tentative. The letter bears a postal stamp for Dumfries, suggesting that it may have been actually put in the commercial post by Dr John Gilchrist at Dumfries. Gilchrist is know to have been in correspondence with Broughton who was treating Gilchrist's brother)..

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 839
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/106
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date24 October 1772
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 Charles Broughton regarding his earlier advertising letter, discussing several cases where his ointment had been used successfully with testimonials from a number of practitioners and other patrons. Identification of the 'Mr Meason' mentioned in this letter as Gilbert Meason is tentative. The letter bears a postal stamp for Dumfries, suggesting that it may have been actually put in the commercial post by Dr John Gilchrist at Dumfries. Gilchrist is know to have been in correspondence with Broughton who was treating Gilchrist's brother)..
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:392]
Cases communicated by Charles Broughton, a London surgeon, who sends Cullen letters detailing the successful use of his proprietary ointment that is supposed to cure tumours.
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People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:359]AuthorMr Charles Broughton
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:707]Other Physician / SurgeonDr John Fothergill
[PERS ID:710]Other Physician / SurgeonBaron Thomas Dimsdale
[PERS ID:713]Other Physician / SurgeonDr Thomas Sydenham
[PERS ID:714]Other Physician / SurgeonBaron Gerard van Swieten (Van Sweten)
[PERS ID:531]Other Physician / SurgeonDr Richard? Warren
[PERS ID:610]Other Physician / SurgeonDr Richard Huck Saunders (Huck)
[PERS ID:711]OtherMr David Middleton
[PERS ID:448]OtherMr Gilbert Meason (of Mordun)
[PERS ID:518]OtherDr John Rutherford

Places linked to this document

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Place of Writing London London and South-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe certain

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London October 24, 1772
Worthy Sir


I desired my Brother to wait on you with my
printed letter which I hope you approve of.
Mr Meason [ sent him?] the 1st & 4th Cases. Dr Warren
yesterday sent me a Quotation from Sydenham
who was of Opinion that Linements applied exter¬
nally to Scrofulous Children might be absorbed
& prove Usefull -- I have made converts of
the Baron, Drs Fothergill & Huck. Have just
received a polite letter from David Middleton Esq.r
requesting my Aid for an Orphan in his Neigh¬
burhood. Dr Dan Rutherford writes me his
friend has recived benefitt, your old patients
[Uncle?] was much mended when he left this place
His Uncle requested my supplying him with my
Ointment. I am very dubious as to the Reco¬
very of my Cancer Patient though much pleased
with the Effects of the Unguent; which seems to
Melt down / without pain / the Morbid prominent parts
& answers what Van Sweten so ardently Wishes
vide De Cancere s.s. 508 9 1 Forte tamen & inde aliqua
spes effulgent, non penitus impossibilem esse, Cancri
separationem a partibus sanis, licet hactenus igno¬
retur qua Methodo quibusue remediis, hoc fieri possit 2

I beg my respects to all your good family and of
rest your Obliged & humble Servant
Chas Broughton



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To
Doctor Cullen of
Edinburgh

✍1772

Notes:

1: The reference is to Sections 508-9 of Gerard Van Sweiten's Commentaria in Hermanni Boerhaave Aphorismus de Cognoscendi et Curandis Morbis Volume 1 (Leiden: 1742), p. 901, which forms part of his account of cancer. This work, translated into English as Commentaries upon Boerhaave's Aphorisms concerning the Knowledge and Cure of Diseases, was a much reprinted commentary on the work of Hermann Boerhaave by one of his most influential pupils.

2: Translates as 'But from hence perhaps may be deduced some hopes, that the separation of a cancer from the sound parts is not quite impossible, tho' we are as yet ignorant of the methods and remedies by which that may be done.'

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[Page 1]
London Octob 24, 1772
Worthy Sir


I desired my Brother to wait on you with my
printed letter which I hope you approve of.
Mr Meason [ sent him?] the 1st & 4th Cases. Dr Warren
yesterday sent me a Quotation from Sydenham
who was of Opinion that Linements applied exter¬
nally to Scrofulous Children might be absorbed
& prove Usefull -- I have made converts of
the Baron, Drs Fothergill & Huck. Have just
received a polite letter from David Middleton Esq.r
requesting my Aid for an Orphan in his Neigh¬
burhood. Dr Dan Rutherford writes me his
friend has recived benefitt, your old patients
[Uncle?] was much mended when he left this place
His Uncle requested my supplying him with my
Ointment. I am very dubious as to the Reco¬
very of my Cancer Patient though much pleased
with the Effects of the Unguent; which seems to
Melt down / without pain / the Morbid prominent parts
& answers what Van Sweten so ardently Wishes
vide De Cancere s.s. 508 9 1 Forte tamen & inde aliqua
spes effulgent, non penitus impossibilem esse, Cancri
separationem a partibus sanis, licet hactenus igno¬
retur qua Methodo quibusue remediis, hoc fieri possit 2

I beg my respects to all your good family and of
rest your Obliged & humble Servant
Chas Broughton



[Page 2]


To
Doctor Cullen of
Edinburgh

✍1772

Notes:

1: The reference is to Sections 508-9 of Gerard Van Sweiten's Commentaria in Hermanni Boerhaave Aphorismus de Cognoscendi et Curandis Morbis Volume 1 (Leiden: 1742), p. 901, which forms part of his account of cancer. This work, translated into English as Commentaries upon Boerhaave's Aphorisms concerning the Knowledge and Cure of Diseases, was a much reprinted commentary on the work of Hermann Boerhaave by one of his most influential pupils.

2: Translates as 'But from hence perhaps may be deduced some hopes, that the separation of a cancer from the sound parts is not quite impossible, tho' we are as yet ignorant of the methods and remedies by which that may be done.'

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