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

 

[ID:899] From: Henry Miller / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs Cecilia Douglas (Craigie) (of Strathendry) (Patient), Miss Amelia Clephane (Clephan) (Patient) / 4 April 1774 / (Incoming)

Letter from Henry Miller on the case of Mrs Douglas, whose condition has 'dayly grown worse'. He also discusses his reasons for not wanting his son Harry, currently attending the Edinburgh University classes of Joseph Black and Alexander Monro, to attend those of Dr John Hope over the winter (his son's health being weak). Also mentions Miss Clephan.

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FieldData
DOC ID 899
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/164
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date4 April 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 case of Mrs Douglas, whose condition has 'dayly grown worse'. He also discusses his reasons for not wanting his son Harry, currently attending the Edinburgh University classes of Joseph Black and Alexander Monro, to attend those of Dr John Hope over the winter (his son's health being weak). Also mentions 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:394]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary Henry Miller
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:499]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendColonel Robert Douglas (of Strathendry)
[PERS ID:89]OtherProfessor Alexander Monro (secundus; Munro )
[PERS ID:312]OtherDr John Hope
[PERS ID:1003]OtherDr Joseph Black
[PERS ID:1047]Other Henry Miller (Harry)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Kirkcaldy Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Doctor


Since I wrott you last Mrs Douglas has dayly grown
worse. Her pulse has not only acquired a considerable degree
of Frequency being seldom under 90 in a minute
, but
what she spitts in the morning is mixed with a little Pus.


Whether this comes from the Lungs as you imagine, or
from that part of the Aspera Arteria a little below the
Larynx where she long has felt some uneasiness, as I inclined
to believe from her easy breathing and laying without any
complaint on either side is of no consequence the case now
appearance desperate.


When Miss Clephan came here she was so fatigued with
the Voyage & Journey, altho she was was lucky in a fine day, and
looked so ill that I could hardly look upon (↑think↑) her as in a state
of recovery, and did not gett the better of the fatigue while
she remained in Kirkcaldy - I have since been with her
at Birkness when she seemed quit a different creature
Her pulse however still retains its frequency, she coughs
a little in the morning, but her disposition to sweat
about the head & neck is mostly gone.




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The weather is so unfavourable she has been only once
on horseback.


When my son Harry went to Edinburgh in the beginning
of winter I ordered him to wait on you which the bashful¬
ness of youth had made him neglect to doe - He writes
me you have advised him to attend Dr Hope next Summer
which I designed to putt off for a year in the following
account, in his early infancy he was subject to the Croup
has all his life time been delicate, and these three last
winters catched cold too easily attended with a violent
cough
, in order to procure him health & strength I proposed
to bring him to the Country so soon as Dr Monro, & Blacks
Classes are up and give him a horse at his command
but if you think my scheme wrong which I hardly believe
you will, he shall remain in toun.


Colonel Douglas gave me four Guineas which I ordered one
of my Daughters to send to Harry to give you & she sent
only three please receive the other.




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I am exceedingly obliged to you for your attention to the
young man who next winter is to be under your care –
Believe me ever to be


Dear Sir
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Henry Miller
Kirkcaldy 4 April 1774



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To
Doctor Cullen


H. Miller of Kircaldy
about
Mrs Douglas.
April 74

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
D Doctor


Since I wrott you last Mrs Douglas has dayly grown
worse. Her pulse has not only acquired a considerable degree
of Frequency being seldom under 90 in a minute
, but
what she spitts in the morning is mixed with a little Pus.


Whether this comes from the Lungs as you imagine, or
from that part of the Aspera Arteria a little below the
Larynx where she long has felt some uneasiness, as I inclined
to believe from her easy breathing and laying without any
complaint on either side is of no consequence the case now
appearance desperate.


When Miss Clephan came here she was so fatigued with
the Voyage & Journey, altho she was was lucky in a fine day, and
looked so ill that I could hardly look upon (↑think↑) her as in a state
of recovery, and did not gett the better of the fatigue while
she remained in Kirkcaldy - I have since been with her
at Birkness when she seemed quit a different creature
Her pulse however still retains its frequency, she coughs
a little in the morning, but her disposition to sweat
about the head & neck is mostly gone.




[Page 2]


The weather is so unfavourable she has been only once
on horseback.


When my son Harry went to Edinr in the beginning
of winter I ordered him to wait on you which the bashful¬
ness of youth had made him neglect to doe - He writes
me you have advised him to attend Dr Hope next Summer
which I designed to putt off for a year in the following
account, in his early infancy he was subject to the Croup
has all his life time been delicate, and these three last
winters catched cold too easily attended with a violent
cough
, in order to procure him health & strength I proposed
to bring him to the Country so soon as Dr Monro, & Blacks
Classes are up and give him a horse at his command
but if you think my scheme wrong which I hardly believe
you will, he shall remain in toun.


Colonel Douglas gave me four Guineas which I ordered one
of my Daughters to send to Harry to give you & she sent
only three please receive the other.




[Page 3]


I am exceedingly obliged to you for your attention to the
young man who next winter is to be under your care –
Believe me ever to be


D Sir
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Henry Miller
Kirkcaldy 4 April 1774



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To
Doctor Cullen


H. Miller of Kircaldy
about
Mrs Douglas.
April 74

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