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

 

[ID:2483] From: Dr James Hamilton / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Captain Steele (Steel) (Patient) / 20 July 1784 / (Incoming)

Letter from James Hamilton, concerning the case of Captain Steel, who has arrived at his father's house after consulting Cullen. He asks for Cullen's approval of a change in prescription. He also is pleased that Cullen liked the net he had sent, and says he has received the money for it.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 2483
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1536
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date20 July 1784
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from James Hamilton, concerning the case of Captain Steel, who has arrived at his father's house after consulting Cullen. He asks for Cullen's approval of a change in prescription. He also is pleased that Cullen liked the net he had sent, and says he has received the money for it.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

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Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1004]
Case of Captain Steele who has had a painful fever and problems breathing.
4


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[PERS ID:812]AuthorDr James Hamilton
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3113]PatientCaptain Steele (Steel)
[PERS ID:812]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr James Hamilton
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3552]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Steele (Steel)

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

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Dunbar Tuesday 20. July
1784
Dear Sir


Capt. Steele arrived at his
Fathers in the afternoon of the day He left
you, & bore his journey well. I saw Him
next morning, & at same time received your
letter. As He complained very much of an
acute pain in his side, breathed with
difficulty
his pulse 92, & thirst considerable and
as He had not lost much blood, I thought
He would be the better for loosing a little
more
, accordingly on Sunday evening, I took
away eight ounces
. He bore it well and
his ↑blood↑ was exceedingly sizy. I gave ↑him↑ some
doses of Nitre
of one scruple each & desired
Him to take one every three hours,
to adhere strictly to a very low diet, to avoid
motion & to speak as little as possible.



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His belly has been kept open by stewed prunes,
to which I shall add cream of tartar if
needful. This night He is easier, the pain
much abated, & breathing releived, yet He
looks ill, & his pulse still 92, & neither
full nor strong, yet has a degree of hardness

in it. As He tired of his powders, I have
substituted the following

Take a drachm of Salts of Nitre, ½ an ounce of best Wine Vinegar, 1½ drachms of White Sugar, 4 ounces of spring water, and an ounce of Cinnamon Water. Mix, & take two table spoonfuls frequently. ––


I have
also caused Him suck in the steam of
warm milk & water
when in bed & to avoid
cold air. Shall be glad of your approbati¬
on. I am glad the nett was in time. I
recieved the money for it, & am Dear Sir

your obliged & most obedient servant
James Hamilton



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Do you approve of the Decoction of Seneka
I cannot say I ever saw it do much
good.




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Dr. William Cullen
Physician
Edinburgh


Dr. Hamilton
Concerning Capt. Steel
July 1784
XVI. p. 115, 125

Diplomatic Text

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Dunbar Tuesday 20. July
1784
Dear Sir


Capt. Steele arrived at his
Fathers in the afternoon of the day He left
you, & bore his journey well. I saw Him
next morning, & at same time received your
letter. As He complained very much of an
acute pain in his side, breathed with
difficulty
his pulse 92, & thirst considerable and
as He had not lost much blood, I thought
He would be the better for loosing a little
more
, accordingly on Sunday evening, I took
away eight ounces
. He bore it well and
his ↑blood↑ was exceedingly sizy. I gave ↑him↑ some
doses of Nitre
of one scruple each & desired
Him to take one every three hours,
to adhere strictly to a very low diet, to avoid
motion & to speak as little as possible.



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His belly has been kept open by stewed prunes,
to which I shall add cream of tartar if
needful. This night He is easier, the pain
much abated, & breathing releived, yet He
looks ill, & his pulse still 92, & neither
full nor strong, yet has a degree of hardness

in it. As He tired of his powders, I have
substituted the following


Sal. Nitr. ʒi
Acet. vin: opt. ℥ſs
Sach. Alb: ʒiſs
Aq. Font. ℥iiij
–– Cinnam. ℥i ℳ, & to
take ↑two↑ table spoonfuls frequently. ––


I have
also caused Him suck in the steam of
warm milk & water
when in bed & to avoid
cold air. Shall be glad of your approbati¬
on. I am glad the nett was in time. I
recieved the money for it, & am Dear Sir

your obliged & most obedt. servt.
James Hamilton



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Do you approve of the Decoct. [Sinek:?]
I cannot say I ever saw it do much
good.




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Dr. William Cullen
Physician
Edinr.


Dr. Hamilton
C. Capt. Steel
July 1784
XVI. p. 115, 125

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