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


[ID:4508] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: [ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN] / Regarding: Mrs Mary Mather (Patient) / 20 September 1779 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'For Mrs Mary Mather', consisting of several recipes


There are 2 images for this document.

[Page 1]


[Page 2]



DOC ID 4508
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/12/75
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date20 September 1779
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 Mary Mather', consisting of several recipes
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No


Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1128]
Case of Mary Mather who is being 'tapped' for dropsy.

People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1019]PatientMrs Mary Mather
[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
Destination of Letter Hamilton Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred

Normalized Text

[Page 1]
For Mrs Mary Mather

Take six drachms of Juniper, well bruised, two drachms each of Wild Carrot seed and nasturtium hortense seed, and one drachm each of parsley seed and sweet fennel seed. Bruise and pour in four ounces of Juniper Water compound. Let it steep for four hours and add two pounds of hot but not boiling water. Let it rest overnight and gently express the liquid, strain and add Regenerated tartar

[Page 2]

One and a half ounces of the purest Tartar salts. [The thicker parts that accumulate are to be poured away?]. Label: Diuretic Infusion. N.B. If the Juniper Water is not a problem, then take Spirit of Juniper [Balanod, Cologne?].

Take one ounce of Crystallized Tartar, one and a half ounces of powder from compound of Jallop, half an ounce of Lenitive Electuary and a sufficient quantity of Simple Syrup to make an Electuary or a thin Linctus. Label: Laxative Electuary, a teaspoonful or two for a dose to be taken in the morning before breakfast. N.B. Let this Electuary be kept thin by adding a syrup as it dries.

W C.
20th. September 1779

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
For Mrs Mary Mather

Baccar. Juniper. bene contus.
Sem. dauc. Sylvestr.
--- nasturt. hortens.
--- petroselin
--- fœnicul. dulc.
Contusis affunde Aq. Juniper comp.
Macera horas quator et adde
Aq. fervent sed non bullient. lbij
Digere per noctem et liquori, leni expressione, colato adde
Tartar. regenerat

[Page 2]

Sal. Tartar. puriss.
Sepone [donce?] subsidant partes crassiores defecatum
effunde. Signa Diuretic Infusion.
NB. Si haud presto sit Aq. Junip comp. sumetur Sp. Juniper. Balanod Coloniensis

Crystall. Tartar
pulv. e Jalap. comp.
Elect. Lenitiv.
Syr. Simplic. q. s. ut f. Electuarium tenue sive Lochoch.
Signa Laxative Electuary a tea spoonfull or two for a dose to be
taken in the morng before breakfast.
NB. Let this Electuary be kept thin by adding a syrup as it dries.

W C.
20th. Septr. 1779


XML file not yet available.


Send us specfic feeback about this document [DOC ID:4508]


Please note that the Cullen Project team have now disbanded but your comments will be logged in our system and we will look at them one day...