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

 

[ID:227] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: [ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN] / Regarding: Mr Alexander Dingwall (Dingwal) (Patient) / 4 December 1781 / (Outgoing)

Reply, for 'Mr Dingwall'. Mentions Dr Skene's account of Mr Dingwall's illness.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 227
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/14/113
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date4 December 1781
Annotation None
TypeMachine copy
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, for 'Mr Dingwall'. Mentions Dr Skene's account of Mr Dingwall's illness.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:922]
Case of Alexander Dingwall who reports a cough, numbness, coldness, painful flatulence and other symptoms over several years.
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People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:192]PatientMr Alexander Dingwall (Dingwal)
[PERS ID:64]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr George Skene
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Aberdeen East Highlands Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Aberdeen East Highlands Scotland Europe certain

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Mr Dingwall
Sir


I have now recovered both Dr Skenes first
Account of your Case and my first Consultation upon it.
Both from these and from the late consersations I have had
with you I percieve that the state of your Ailments have
been all alone much the same. A weakness in your breast
that more readily allowed the humours to be thrown upon
it especially upon the application of Cold. This weakness
of the
breast is not now to be entirely corrected; but it ap¬
pears to me to be better, than it was formerly and I
dare say from your having been more attentive to the
gaurding against cold and observing a proper Regimen.


At present I have little to advise more than I did before;
that is gaurding against cold by warm clothing very
uniformly observed; to be very moderate in bodily
exercise, but to take as much riding or travelling in
a Carriage as the weather and your convenience will



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allow, to avoid Malt drink and Spirituous liquors
and to take Wine very moderately, to use a midling Diet,
that is neither full nor very low and perticularly to
use very light Suppers. To be moderate in sitting at
business and to take pains to keep your feet and legs
always warm. This is the substance of what I formerly
advised and would advise still. I formerly proposed
some Medicines for keeping your breast as clear and free
as possible; but not being readily found at Aberdeen they
were I believe never employed, and now I think I can
improve upon them and particularly with a view to
the Convulsive Coughs that you are sometimes liable to
They are at the same time such Medicines, as I am
certain can be found at Aberdeen, and I give the Pres¬
cription of them inclosed. I should have written [all?]
this yesterday as soon as I recovered my Papers, {illeg}
unavoidable avocations prevented me. I send them now
and if you chuse after you have considered the above to




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For Mr Dingwall

Take three drachms of liquorice Extract and a sufficient quantity of boiling water, pour into extract in small, exact amounts to soften the extract and grind it to a pulp, then add two scruples each of Myrrh, ground to a powder, and Asafoetida, one drachm of dried Squill root, and a sufficient quantity of water to make a mass to be divided into pills of five grains each and gilded. Label: Pectoral Pills, three to be taken every night at bedtime and two every morning for some weeks.

W.C.
December 4. 1781

Diplomatic Text

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Mr Dingwall
Sir


I have now recovered both Dr Skenes first
Account of your Case and my first Consultation upon it.
Both from these and from the late consersations I have had
with you I percieve that the state of your Ailments have
been all alone much the same. A weakness in your breast
that more readily allowed the humours to be thrown upon
it especially upon the application of Cold. This weakness
of the
breast is not now to be entirely corrected; but it ap¬
pears to me to be better, than it was formerly and I
dare say from your having been more attentive to the
gaurding against cold and observing a proper Regimen.


At present I have little to advise more than I did before;
that is gaurding against cold by warm clothing very
uniformly observed; to be very moderate in bodily
exercise, but to take as much riding or travelling in
a Carriage as the weather and your convenience will



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allow, to avoid Malt drink and Spirituous liquors
and to take Wine very moderately, to use a midling Diet,
that is neither full nor very low and perticularly to
use very light Suppers. To be moderate in sitting at
business and to take pains to keep your feet and legs
always warm. This is the substance of what I formerly
advised and would advise still. I formerly proposed
some Medicines for keeping your breast as clear and free
as possible; but not being readily found at Aberdeen they
were I believe never employed, and now I think I can
improve upon them and particularly with a view to
the Convulsive Coughs that you are sometimes liable to
They are at the same time such Medicines, as I am
certain can be found at Aberdeen, and I give the Pres¬
cription of them inclosed. I should have written [all?]
this yesterday as soon as I recovered my Papers, {illeg}
unavoidable avocations prevented me. I send them now
and if you chuse after you have considered the above to




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For Mr Dingwall


Extract glycyrrhiz. ʒiij
Aq. fervent. q.s. ut extractum in frustula
concisum mollescat et in pulpam contundatur cui adde
in pulverem trita Myrrh.
Asæfoetid @ ℈ij
Rad. scill siccat ℈j
et cum Aquæ q.s. fiat Massa dividenda in
pilul. sing. gr. V deaurand.
Sig. Pectoral Pills, three to be taken every night at
bedtime and two every morning for some weeks.

W.C.
Decr 4. 1781

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