Letter 1906

James Yonge to Hans Sloane – July 17, 1713

Item info

Date: July 17, 1713
Author: James Yonge
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4043
Folio: ff. 164-165

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Yonge asks Sloane to present the enclosed medical cases to the Royal Society.

James Yonge was a surgeon and physician of Plymouth with experience as a ship’s surgeon. He was a prominent citizen in his native Plymouth and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1702 (Ian Lyle, Yonge, James (16471721), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/30225, accessed 20 May 2011]).

Patient Details

  • Patient info
    Name: N/A Unnamed Woman of Lamerton
    Gender: Female
    Age:86 years old.
  • Description

    The woman had 'her Menses' at the age of seventy, but when it ceased she suffered from hemorrhoids. She was very healthy until the 'Flux ceased', which gave her gout. '[O]ne Year before she dyed there arose an Apostemation on one of her Wrists, which opened, and discharged much chalky matter and some stones. The day she dyed she arose out of her Bed, and after performing some Christian Devotion expired'. Yonge assures Sloane the woman was healthy until the flux of hemorrhoids.

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  • Medical problem reference
    Gout, Haemorrhoids, Menstrual, Blood, Cancer, Inflammations