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

 

[ID:893] From: Henry Miller / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs Cecilia Douglas (Craigie) (of Strathendry) (Patient), Miss Amelia Clephane (Clephan) (Patient) / 22 March 1774 / (Incoming)

Letter from Henry Miller on the ongoing case of Mrs Douglas with chest problems, who is showing little improvement and growing weak. The address page includes some later scribbles (pen-testing?). And mentioning progress of Miss Clephan.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 893
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/158
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date22 March 1774
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 Henry Miller on the ongoing case of Mrs Douglas with chest problems, who is showing little improvement and growing weak. The address page includes some later scribbles (pen-testing?). And mentioning progress of Miss Clephan.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:20]
Case of Mrs Douglas, weakening with a chest complaint.
3
[Case ID:1222]
Case of Miss Amelia Clephane who in late-1779 is thought to have a temporary 'affection of the stomach and nerves'; in 1783 Cullen detects no particular disorder, but provides a regimen to manage her 'weak nerves'.
4


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:394]Author Henry Miller
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2859]PatientMiss Amelia Clephane (Clephan)
[PERS ID:395]PatientMrs Cecilia Douglas (of Strathendry)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:394]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary Henry Miller

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Donibristle House Dalgety Bay Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Carse of Gowrie Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Glendoick Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


Since I wrote you untill lately when the weather
became foggy there was little or no change ob¬
servable in Mrs Douglas's case but last
week her appetite was so totaly gone, and her
aversion to her milk & vegetable diet so great
that I was obliged to indulge her with a little
light animal food at dinner. This experiment
became necessary because I plainly saw her strength
declining fast
. This alteration of diet has neither
encreased her cough, which except at bedtime is
realy inconsiderable, nor the quickness of her
pulse
.


After I first bled her I then wanted to give her a
vomit but could not then prevail upon her to take
one. On Saturday evening haveing eat next to nothing
for some days befor, she throw up a load of Phlegm
with a weak Ipecacoan puke and found her
self afterwards much lighter & her Spirits better



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than they had been for some time past: for of late
she has been troubled with dejection of Spirits
a thing quite new to her.


So far as I can judge her Lungs are yet untainted.
She her self says the cause of her cough is seated about
the wind pipe where she feels some un¬
easiness which does not extend so far downwards
as the Top of the Sternum.


She would have been in flannel could I have per¬
swaded her to wear it befor I wrott you & even
yet she will not use it.


She proposes to pay for a visit to her brother in the
Carse of Gowray so soon as the Season will
permitt her. Last harvest the Colonel says she
was freer from the Cough when at Glendoick
than she had been for several years befor. I
have no objection to this expedition Gowry being
a much milder climate than the foot of the
Lomonds but am affraid she will hardly have
strength to execute it for she never is above one



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hour & one half in the Carriage.


I cannot help being surprized that Mrs Douglas
with no frequency in her pulse, much less cough
than she formerly had & who now seldom sweats
any in the morning should fall off so fast.
She constantly uses the Antimonial wine but
not in such quantities as to make her sick
which it once or twice did.


I am glad to hear you begin to entertain [high?]er
hopes of Miss Clephan she is soon to be in Fife
when she will be under my care be so good as to
let me know what the plan of operations with
her is to be. With the greatest regard I
ever am


Dear Doctor
Your most obedient
& humble Servant
Henry Miller
Donebristle March 22. 1774


P.S. Upon reflection in my first
I believe I told you of her intention
of going to Glendoick.




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To
Doctor Cullen

Diplomatic Text

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D Sir


Since I wrote you untill lately when the weather
became foggy there was little or no change ob¬
servable in Mrs Douglas's case but last
week her appetite was so totaly gone, and her
aversion to her milk & vegetable diet so great
that I was obliged to indulge her with a little
light animal food at dinner. This experiment
became necessary because I plainly saw her strength
declining fast
. This alteration of diet has neither
encreased her cough, which except at bedtime is
realy inconsiderable, nor the quickness of her
pulse
.


After I first bled her I then wanted to give her a
vomit but could not then prevail upon her to take
one. On Saturday evening haveing eat next to nothing
for some days befor, she throw up a load of Phlegm
with a weak Ipecacoan puke and found her
self afterwards much lighter & her Spirits better



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than they had been for some time past: for of late
she has been troubled with dejection of Spirits
a thing quite new to her.


So far as I can judge her Lungs are yet untainted.
She her self says the cause of her cough is seated about
the wind pipe where she feels some un¬
easiness which does not extend so far downwards
as the Top of the Sternum.


She would have been in flannel could I have per¬
swaded her to wear it befor I wrott you & even
yet she will not use it.


She proposes to pay for a visit to her brother in the
Carse of Gowray so soon as the Season will
permitt her. Last harvest the Colonel says she
was freer from the Cough when at Glendoick
than she had been for several years befor. I
have no objection to this expedition Gowry being
a much milder climate than the foot of the
Lomonds but am affraid she will hardly have
strength to execute it for she never is above one



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hour & one half in the Carriage.


I cannot help being surprized that Mrs Douglas
with no frequency in her pulse, much less cough
than she formerly had & who now seldom sweats
any in the morning should fall off so fast.
She constantly uses the Antimonial wine but
not in such quantities as to make her sick
which it once or twice did.


I am glad to hear you begin to entertain [high?]er
hopes of Miss Clephan she is soon to be in Fife
when she will be under my care be so good as to
let me know what the plan of operations with
her is to be. With the greatest regard I
ever am


D Doctor
Your most obedient
& humble Servant
Henry Miller
Donebristle March 22. 1774


P.S. Upon reflection in my first
I believe I told you of her intention
of going to Glendoick.




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To
Doctor Cullen

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