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

 

[ID:983] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr Robert Wood / Regarding: Lady Margaret Gray (Blair) (Grey; Honble Lady Gray) (Patient) / 1 July 1780 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'For the Right Honble. Lady Grey'

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DOC ID 983
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/13/38
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date1 July 1780
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 'For the Right Honble. Lady Grey'
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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1185]
Case of Lady Gray, who has gout.
2


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[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:101]AddresseeDr Robert Wood
[PERS ID:785]PatientLady Margaret Gray (Grey; Honble Lady Gray)
[PERS ID:101]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Robert Wood
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe inferred

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For the Right HonorableLady Gray


A flatulent & nervous complaint depending on a gouty
humour not determined to the feet


To prevent its returns avoid flatulent meat or drink
all kinds of vegetables, malt liquours, tea & coffee, &
all heavy meats, with baked or fried meats or heavy sauces.


Keep the belly regular by a prescription below.
A table spoonful or two in the morning will give one
motion which is all that is necessary but if upon trial
& repetition it be found too weak let the dose be
taken at night with the addition of two or three tea
spoonfuls of the Sacred Elixir.


Guard against cold, and especially in feet &legs.


Moderate exercise the best remedy for the Stomach,
& bowels.


If in spite of precautions her complaints should return
let her manage in the following manner.


As soon as any uneasiness is felt in the bowels let an
injection be immediately employed of a strong decoction
of Chamomile flowers
& Carraway seeds & to this when
strained add a heaped table spoonful of common salt
& two table spoonfuls of Florence oil, & if one injection
does not fully empty the bowels let another of the same
kind be given in the two or three hours after. This will
properly remove the pains but if not, take a dose of the
Laxative ordered below, at bed time. If this operate
properly I hope it will prove acute but if notwithstan¬
ding its operating properly the pains be not removed
let twenty drops of Laudanum be taken or if her
Ladyship has great aversion to this let her take 60
drops of Paregoric Elixir & if either of these do not relieve
the pains, in two or three hours, a second dose should be taken.

Take half-an-ounce of Leaves of Senna, with a drachm each of Bark of bruised Columba Root; and crushed coriander seeds; half-an-drachm of Crystal tartar; five ounces of boiled water. Leave to macerate for twelve hours, then combine with two ounces of the Ticture of compound senna according to the 1774 edition of the Edinburgh Pharmacopia; and two drachms of Jalap.

W. C.
Edinburgh1. July 1780 ---

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For the Right Honble.Lady Gray


A flatulent & nervous complaint depending on a gouty
humour not determined to the feet


To prevent its returns avoid flatulent meat or drink
all kinds of vegetables, malt liquours, tea & coffee, &
all heavy meats, with baked or fried meats or heavy sauces.


Keep the belly regular by a prescription below.
A table spoonful or two in the morning will give one
motion which is all that is necessary but if upon trial
& repetition it be found too weak let the dose be
taken at night with the addition of two or three tea
spoonfuls of the Elix. sacrum.


Guard against cold, and especially in feet &legs.


Moderate exercise the best remedy for the Stomach,
& bowels.


If in spite of precautions her complaints should return
let her manage in the following manner.


As soon as any uneasiness is felt in the bowels let an
injection be immediately employed of a strong decoction
of Chamomile flowers
& Carraway seeds & to this when
strained add a heaped table spoonful of common salt
& two table spoonfuls of Florence oil, & if one injection
does not fully empty the bowels let another of the same
kind be given in the two or three hours after. This will
properly remove the pains but if not, take a dose of the
Laxative ordd. below, at bed time. If this operate
properly I hope it will prove acute but if notwithstan¬
ding its operating properly the pains be not removed
let twenty drops of Laudanum be taken or if her
Ladyship has great aversion to this let her take 60
drops of Paregoric Elixir & if either of these do not relieve
the pains, in two or three hours, a second dose should be taken.


Fol. sen. ℥fs Rad. colomb. cont. Sem. coriandr. contus. @ʒi
Cryst. tart. ʒfs Aq. bull. ℥v Digere horas 12 et colat. adde
Tict. Sen. comp. Ph. Ed. 1774. ℥ij --- Jalapp. ʒij

W. C.
Edbr.1. July 1780 ---

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