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

 

[ID:4292] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: [ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN] / Regarding: Colonel Humphrey Senhouse (Patient), Miss Senhouse (Patient), Senhouse (Patient) / 15? August? 1778? / (Outgoing)

Reply headed 'For Colonel Senhouse', giving a recipe also for his daughter and for other children.

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FieldData
DOC ID 4292
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/11/30
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date15? August? 1778?
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 headed 'For Colonel Senhouse', giving a recipe also for his daughter and for other children.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:998]
Case of Miss Senhouse, a child recovering from chicken pox.
3
[Case ID:999]
Case of Colonel Humphrey Senhouse who has swollen veins in his legs and an eye condition.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2380]Patient Senhouse
[PERS ID:2378]PatientColonel Humphrey Senhouse
[PERS ID:2379]PatientMiss Senhouse
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

Places linked to this document

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
Mentioned / Other Harrogate North-East England Europe certain

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For Colonel. Senhouse -


For the swelled veins of his legs, a laced Stocking or
hose that may be tightened from below upwards & pretty tight
on the place where the Veins are swelld & no tighter above that.


For his Eyes a Course of Harrigate water, just so much
as to keep his Belly regular - and during this a light cool Diet
& strict temperance in Strong drink.


Fresh air & gentle Exercise very proper,-- If at any
time his Eyes should become uneasy when he cannot conveni¬
ently go to Harrigate let him try the Substitute № 1.


For slighter & accidental ailments they may be relieved
by the use of the Eye water № 2.


When the sore on the Eye lid is troublesome let it be touched
with the Ointmint. № 3.


If in spite of everything the inflammation should at any
time increase & seem to affect the Cornea - nothing so proper as
cutting thro some of the red vessels upon the white of the Eye
& those especially which are creeping towards the Cornea --

For Miss - Senhouse


Every night at bedtime let all her sores be wrapt in a
Poultice such as is at present employed. № 4.


In the day time the Poulttice to be omitted & the parts covered
with a linnen cloth fourfold wet with liquor. № 5.


She should continue the Bark Mixture as at present
& if she bears it the Strength may be made double what it is
in № 6. at present she should not continue it longer than
for a month after she goes home, then laid aside till after
Xmas, but as soon as any fresh weather sets in after
that let her continue it for another month or two ---


But if either then or now she should be attacked with any
degree of Fever the Bark Mixture must be laid aside & the Colts¬
foot Decoction
taken № 7. & even in the




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Spring season tho there should be no fever let her
take the Bark Mixture & the Coltsfoot Decoction month about.


At dinner a little light animal food with broth --
At dinner a little wine & water -- No malt liquor.

For Colonel Senhouse's Children


To relieve them from worms I have ordered the
Glyster № 8 - To be given in the morning 4 day running
& them repeated every 7th day for 3 or 4 times . --


The Glyster ordered is for a boy of 4 year old & for one
older or younger Stronger or weaker it may be made ↑weaker or↑
Stronger & especially by the quantity of Salt. in it - & this
quantity to be determined by what they can bear without purging.

Number one. Take two ounces of Soluble Tartar, one ounce each of Spanish sea salt and polychrest, six ounces of Spring water, and two ounces of simple Cinnamon water. Dissolve and strain. Label: Aperient Solution. One, two or three tablespoonfuls in a Pint of Spring Water every morning.

Number two. Take four ounces of Rose water, ten grains of Sugar of Lead, five grains of White vitriol, one drachm of Vinegar and half a drachm of Syrup of Violets. Mix. Label: Eye water. To be used twice a day.

Number three. Take Unguent of Mercury in accordance with the Edinburgh Pharmacopœia. Label: Ointment for the .

Number four. Take eight ounces of Rose water, two scruples of Sugar of Lead, two drachms of Vinegar. Mix. Label: Liquor.

Number five. Take eight ounces of Rose water, two scruples of Sugar of Lead, one drachm of Spanish Sea-salt and two drachms of Vinegar. Mix. Label: Liquor for washing the sores twice a day and for wetting the clothes.

Number six. Take a half ounce of Extract of Liquorice. Pour in hot water In small parts in a sufficient quantity to soften and crush the liquorice into a pulp, to which is added half an ounce of powdered Peruvian bark. Bring together and gradually add four ounces of Spring water. Label: Bark Mixture.

Number seven. Take one ounce of dried Coltsfoot Flower. Cook down in one pound of Spring water to half a pound. At the end, add one drachm of Extract of Liquorice. Strain and Label: Coltsfoot Decoction. Two or three tablespoonfuls several times a day.

Number eight. Take half a drachm each of Ruta flower and juniper. Cook down in one pound of Spring water to twelve ounces. At the end add one scruple of Asafœtida. Strain [turae?] one drachm of Spanish Sea-salt and one ounce of the best Olive oil. Label: For two Glysters.

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For Colonel. Senhouse -


For the swelled veins of his legs, a laced Stocking or
hose that may be tightened from below upwards & pretty tight
on the place where the Veins are swelld & no tighter above that.


For his Eyes a Course of Harrigate water, just so much
as to keep his Belly regr. - and during this a light cool Diet
& strict temperance in Strong drink.


Fresh air & gentle Exercise very proper,-- If at any
time his Eyes should become uneasy when he cannot conveni¬
ently go to Harrigate let him try the Substitute № 1.


For slighter & accidental ailments they may be relieved
by the use of the Eye water № 2.


When the sore on the Eye lid is troublesome let it be touched
with the Ointmint. № 3.


If in spite of everything the inflammation should at any
time increase & seem to affect the Cornea - nothing so proper as
cutting thro some of the red vessels upon the white of the Eye
& those especially wc are creeping towards the Cornea --

For Miss - Senhouse


Every night at bedtime let all her sores be wrapt in a
Poultice such as is at present employed. № 4.


In the day time the Poulttice to be omitted & the parts covered
with a linnen cloth fourfold wet with liquor. № 5.


She should continue the Bark Mixture as at present
& if she bears it the Strength may be made double what it is
in № 6. at present she should not continue it longer than
for a month after she goes home, then laid aside till after
Xmas, but as soon as any fresh weather sets in after
that let her continue it for another month or two ---


But if either then or now she should be attacked with any
degree of Fever the Bark Mixt. must be laid aside & the Colts¬
foot Decoction
taken № 7. & even in the




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Spring season tho there should be no fever let her
take the B. Mixture & the Coltsfoot Dec. month about.


At dinner a little light animal food with broth --
At dinner a little wine & water -- No malt liquor.

For Colonel Senhouse's Children


To relieve them from worms I have ordered the
Glyster № 8 - To be given in the morng 4 day running
& them repeated every 7th day for 3 or 4 times . --


The Glyster ordered is for a boy of 4 year old & for one
older or younger Stronger or weaker it may be made ↑weaker or↑
Stronger & especially by the qty of Salt. in it - & this
qty to be determined by what they can bear without purging.


№ 1. ℞ Tart. Sol. ℥ij Sal. m. Hisp. - polychr. @ ℥j Aq. f. ℥vj
Aq. cin simpl ℥ij - Solve et cola - Sig. Aperient Solution. 1 2 or 3
table spfulls in a Pint of Spring Water every morng.


№ 2. ℞ Aq. rosar ℥jv Sacch. Saturn. gr X.Vitriol alb. gr V.
Acet. destill. ʒj Syr. violar. ʒſs. ℳ. Sig. Eye water tobe used twice a day.


№ 3. ℞ Ungt. ☿. ad normam Ph. Ed. [prœss.?] ʒij Sig. Ointment for the Eye.


№ 4. ℞ Aq. ros ℥viij Sacch. Sat ℈ij Acet. dest. ʒij. ℳ Sig. Liquor -


№ 5. ℞ Aq. ros ℥viij Sacch. S. ℈ij Sal marin. Hisp ʒj Acet. dest. ʒij
ℳ. Sig. Liquor for washing the sores twice aday & for wetting theC loths.


№ 6. ℞ Extract.glycyrrhiz. ʒſs. In frustula conciso Affunde Aq.
fervent. q. s. ut mollescat et contundr. in pulpam cui adde.
Pulv. cort. Peruv. ʒſs. Terito simul in paulatim affunde Aq. font. ℥jv
Sig. Bark Mixture.


№ 7 ℞ Fol. tuss. siccat ℥j- Coque ex Aq. font lb ad lbſs sub
finem addendo Extr. glycyrrhiz ʒj. cola et Sig. Coltsfoot Decoction
2 or 3 table Spoonfulls several times a day.


№ 8. ℞ Fol. rutæ-- sabin. ʒſs- Coque ex Aq. font lbj ad
℥XII. Sub finem addendo. Asæfœtid. ℈j. Colaturæ. Sal. m. Hisp ʒj
Ol. olivar. Opt. ʒj. Sig. For two Glysters.

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