Cullen

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

 

[ID:1797] From: Mr Alexander Copland (Coupland; of King's Grange) / To: Mr William McDowall (Macdowall, McDoual, McDowal, McDouall) / Regarding: [A matter not directly regarding a patient] / 13? July? 1779? / (Incoming)

Letter from Alexander Copland to William McDowal, concerning McDowal's own case. Undated but probably was enclosed with Doc ID: 1705. Copland also gives advice for Macdowall's brother.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1797
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/877
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date13? July? 1779?
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen Yes
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Alexander Copland to William McDowal, concerning McDowal's own case. Undated but probably was enclosed with Doc ID: 1705. Copland also gives advice for Macdowall's brother.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1107]
Case of Mr William McDowal [McDowall, McDouall], who has a chest complaint and spits blood.
19


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[PERS ID:566]AuthorMr Alexander Copland (Coupland; of King's Grange)
[PERS ID:1080]AddresseeMr William McDowall (Macdowall, McDoual, McDowal, McDouall)
[PERS ID:566]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Alexander Copland (Coupland; of King's Grange)
[PERS ID:1080]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William McDowall (Macdowall, McDoual, McDowal, McDouall)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2764]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Macdowall

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Place of Writing Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Moffat Borders Scotland Europe certain

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My Dear Sir


I am extremely sorry
your Complaint has again returned in so
great a Degree. --- It no Doubt show's that your
Lungs are but in a very relaxed & weakned State
so as not to be able to retain the contained fluids
which Circulate thro them with any Degree
of Vigour. -- at the same Time think that
when properly attended to it is not accom¬
panyed with any great Degree of immediate
Danger. --- In Short I am Still of the same
opinion that keeping the Belly constantly
open
by means of the Castor Oil or some cool¬
ling
Laxative; taken Cream of Tartar, poly¬



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chrest of Rockett
& Saltpetre (of which the
paper of coolling powder consisted that you
had with you) or such like Coollers frequenlty
thro the Day, as absolutely requisite to prevent
the Return of the Spitting of Blood.I also
think you should open a Blister Issue
in your
Back or Breast again & keep it
running for some Time longer as I could
have wished that it had Still been continued.
Also the Sour Drops, Heartfell Spaw, & above
all Things a Spare Diet should be steadily
persisted in for some Time. ↑The Goats↑ Whey & Butter
Milk I still reckon of great use to you, & in
Short if your Diet was mostly limited (for a
long Time to come) to Milk of kind or another
& Bread or other vegetable Diet it would be


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very conducive to y[our] thorough Recovery.-
I would not advise you to Bleed oftener than
what is absolutely necessary to repress the
Hæmoptoe in the mean Time, as doing otherways
would accustom your habit to make too much
Blood & I would therefor have you ↑cheefly↑ depend on
Laxatives & other coollers to check the Disposition
to plethora. --- In Regard to the
use of Moffat Well properly so called I dont
think that the use of it now is safe for you
either internally or externally while so much
predisposed to hæmoptoe. --- But as to your
Brother I think he should take a warm
Bath of it twice or three & after that a cold
one to be repeated every 4th: Day, but always
taking Care to take a Dose of salts every ↑Time on the↑ Day
before going into the Bath. -- In hopes of
hearing soon better Accounts, I remain

Dear Sir Yo[ur] {illeg} [m]ost Sincerely
Alexr: Copland



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To
Willm: Mc:Dowal
Esqr:
with a
Phial 1
Moffat. --

Notes:

1: The letter wa springily accompanied by phial of medicine.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
My Dear Sir


I am extremely sorry
your Complaint has again returned in so
great a Degree. --- It no Doubt show's that your
Lungs are but in a very relaxed & weakned State
so as not to be able to retain the contained fluids
which Circulate thro them with any Degree
of Vigour. -- at the same Time think that
when properly attended to it is not accom¬
panyed with any great Degree of immediate
Danger. --- In Short I am Still of the same
opinion that keeping the Belly constantly
open
by means of the Castor Oil or some cool¬
ling
Laxative; taken Cream of Tartar, poly¬



[Page 2]

chrest of Rockett
& Saltpetre (of which the
paper of coolling powder consisted that you
had with you) or such like Coollers frequenlty
thro the Day, as absolutely requisite to prevent
the Return of the Spitting of Blood.I also
think you should open a Blister Issue
in your
Back or Breast again & keep it
running for some Time longer as I could
have wished that it had Still been continued.
Also the Sour Drops, Heartfell Spaw, & above
all Things a Spare Diet should be steadily
persisted in for some Time. ↑The Goats↑ Whey & Butter
Milk I still reckon of great use to you, & in
Short if your Diet was mostly limited (for a
long Time to come) to Milk of kind or another
& Bread or other vegetable Diet it would be


[Page 3]

very conducive to y[our] thorough Recovery.-
I would not advise you to Bleed oftener than
what is absolutely necessary to repress the
Hæmoptoe in the mean Time, as doing otherways
would accustom your habit to make too much
Blood & I would therefor have you ↑cheefly↑ depend on
Laxatives & other coollers to check the Disposition
to plethora. --- In Regard to the
use of Moffat Well properly so called I dont
think that the use of it now is safe for you
either internally or externally while so much
predisposed to hæmoptoe. --- But as to your
Brother I think he should take a warm
Bath of it twice or three & after that a cold
one to be repeated every 4th: Day, but always
taking Care to take a Dose of salts every ↑Time on the↑ Day
before going into the Bath. -- In hopes of
hearing soon better Accounts, I remain

Dear Sir Yo[ur] {illeg} [m]ost Sincerely
Alexr: Copland



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To
Willm: Mc:Dowal
Esqr:
with a
Phial 1
Moffat. --

Notes:

1: The letter wa springily accompanied by phial of medicine.

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