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

 

[ID:4584] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Mr Alexander Copland (Coupland; of King's Grange) / Regarding: Mrs Ann Hamilton (Craik) (of Aldershaw) (Patient), Mr William McDowall (Macdowall, McDoual, McDowal, McDouall) (Patient) / 25 March 1780 / (Outgoing)

Reply 'For Mrs Hamilton of Aldershaw', in response to Alexander Copland's letter. Also gives advice on the case of Mr McDouall.

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FieldData
DOC ID 4584
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/12/151
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date25 March 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 Mrs Hamilton of Aldershaw', in response to Alexander Copland's letter. Also gives advice on the case of Mr McDouall.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:686]
Case of Mrs Hamilton of Aldershaw who is in the last stages of consumption.
4
[Case ID:1107]
Case of Mr William McDowal [McDowall, McDouall], who has a chest complaint and spits blood.
19


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:566]AddresseeMr Alexander Copland (Coupland; of King's Grange)
[PERS ID:1080]PatientMr William McDowall (Macdowall, McDoual, McDowal, McDouall)
[PERS ID:684]PatientMrs Ann Hamilton (of Aldershaw)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:566]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Alexander Copland (Coupland; of King's Grange)

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

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For Mrs Hamilton of Aldershaw.


The ailments or tendency to them has been of long standing & her
constitution is certainly much broken. I hope however there is no con¬
fined phthisis
. The remedies you have used are proper & you
must continue to alternate the Anodynes & Laxatives. As the
other Pectorals are all heating I would employ them sparingly
& therefore simplify your Pills; for it is the Opiate that chiefly
moderates the cough. The Laxative you employ is one of the best
& the form of Emulsion better (if agreable) than the one I use of mix¬
ing spirits with the oil. The blister was well proposed & I
beleive the Burgundy pitch did good but now this has failed, I ad¬
vise again the blister, [turning?] part of is into perpetuate issue
& if she will not submit to it, try an Emplastrum calidium [l.R.?]
↑one↑ part of Empl. epispast. to 2 or 3 of the cereum. Altho the
cowsmilk be very proper she should not take it so early in the
morning so as to let her sleep & sweat upon it.


Diet of Milk & farinacea: the milk will digest better
when no animal food at all is taken.


Fresh air & exercice avoid cold. Begin first with



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a carriage but when the weather & her strength &c horseback is
by much the best &should be employed diligently all the next summer
& harvest. These are what I must [be?] but


If her pectoral complaints continue urgent use a strong decoction
of Tusilago leaves sweetened to her taste & wither season prefer
to this, the express of juice itself. 3 or four ounces a day. I never
give the flowers
.


With respect to Mr McDouall he must not try cold bathing
till the season advance. While his glysters answer I do not ob¬
ject to them but if they become ineffectual or disagreable try
this

Take three ounces of castor oil, one ounce of Elixir Salutis. A tablespoon full for a dose in the morning shaking the Phial, etc.

Edinburgh 25th. March. 1780
W.C.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
For Mrs Hamilton of Aldershaw.


The ailments or tendency to them has been of long standing & her
constitution is certainly much broken. I hope however there is no con¬
fined phthisis
. The remedies you have used are proper & you
must continue to alternate the Anodynes & Laxatives. As the
other Pectorals are all heating I would employ them sparingly
& therefore simplify your Pills; for it is the Opiate that chiefly
moderates the cough. The Laxative you employ is one of the best
& the form of Emulsion better (if agreable) than the one I use of mix¬
ing spirits with the oil. The blister was well proposed & I
beleive the Burg. pitch did good but now this has failed, I ad¬
vise again the blister, [turning?] part of is into perpetuate issue
& if she will not submit to it, try an Emplastrum calidium [l.R.?]
↑one↑ part of Empl. epispast. to 2 or 3 of the cereum. Altho the
cowsmilk be very proper she should not take it so early in the
morning so as to let her sleep & sweat upon it.


Diet of Milk & farinacea: the milk will digest better
when no animal food at all is taken.


Fresh air & exercice avoid cold. Begin first with



[Page 2]

a carriage but when the weather & her strength &c horseback is
by much the best &should be employed diligently all the next summer
& harvest. These are what I must [be?] but


If her pectoral complts continue urgent use a strong decoction
of Tusilago leaves sweetened to her taste & wither season prefer
to this, the express of juice itself. 3 or four ounces a day. I never
give the flowers
.


With respect to Mr McDouall he must not try cold bathing
till the season advance. While his glysters answer I do not ob¬
ject to them but if they become ineffectual or disagreable try
this


ol. ricin. ℥iij Elix. salut. ℥j. a table spoonf. for a dose in
the morning shaking the Phial &c.

Edinr 25th. March. 1780
W.C.

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