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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2322 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 6 March 1758 n.s.
Dated 1758 d. 6 Martii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Illustri D[omino] D[octori] BAECKIO,
Archiatro Praesidi,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Fidem et amicitiam Tuam iterum impetro.

Est hic aeger mecum summa amicitia junctus, et quem prae reliquis servarem omnibus. Petiit meam opem; juvare nequeo; nolit ille adire seniorem collegam meum, minus adhuc ego; promisi me ad Te scripturum, et literis opem obtenturum; faceret ipse, nisi ipsi puderet. Opem si feras, utrumque nostrum habebis in aere tuo.

Vir nondum 60:narius incepit ante 14 dies laborare ischuria laevi; quoties urinam reddit, et exit simul cum urina viscidum, quod urinae innatat, et quidem in ingenti copia.

Ne vero credas, oro, eum tabe venerea infectum, quod ejus fide sancte testor; nec indicium est contagii venerei; neque enim noctu neque enim a lectu [...] nec stillat penis sed viscidum instar [...] quod saepe, si lente mingat [...] etiam miscetur urina in [...], dum evacuatur, observatur viscidum mollissimum tenacissimum ad dimidiam matulam replevisse. Adeoque est vera Gonorrhoea catarrhalis. Dicas mihi, num umquam habuisti hunc casum, vel num eos, quos vidi[sti], potuisti servare.

De calculo vesicae nulla mihi nata est suspicio; fatetur equidem se aliquoties sensisse in dextro hypochondrio levissimum dolorem, sed nullius momenti esse credit. Nec umquam laboravit lue venerea.

Quaeso, per Deum succurre! Ipse morbum non sentit, munia sua rite peragit; tantum cum mingat, percipit dolorem laevem, ac si urethra ad basin esset denudata, uti in intertrigine, sed interne.

Vidistin nummum, quem cudebat illustriss[imus] C[omes] Tessin; ab eo habui omnia, quae habui.

Dab[am] Upsal[iae] 1758 d[ie] 6 Martii.

Archiatren
Wälborne Herren
H[err] Doct[or] BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Once more, Linnaeus asks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for confidential and friendly assistance.

Linnaeus has a patient, a close friend, whom he is anxious to help. He has come to Linnaeus, but Linnaeus cannot help him, and neither the patient nor Linnaeus himself wants to contact Linnaeusís elder colleague. Linnaeus has promised to write to Bäck and receive written advice. The patient himself would write if he had not been ashamed to do so. If Bäck helps them, they will both be deeply grateful.

The man, not yet 60 years old, had begun to feel pains to the left each time he urinated, and the urine is copious and mixed with something gluey. Linnaeus considers it impossible that the man has got a venereal disease. The glue is almost half of a sample of urine. However, it is most like Gonorrhoea catarrhalis.

Linnaeus asks Bäck if he has had a similar case and if so, if he has been able to cure the patient.

Linnaeus considers that stones in the bladder are also out of the question. The patient admits that he has sometimes felt very faint pain on the right side, but without being disturbed by it. And he has never suffered from syphilis.

Linnaeus asks for help. The patient leads a normal life in other respects. It is only when he urinates that he feels this pain to the left, as if he had got an internal saddle-sore in the urethra.

Linnaeus asks if Bäck has seen the medal that Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeusís career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
had ordered. It is Tessin who has given Linnaeus everything that has made him what he is.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (KVA). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 45-46   p.45  p.46.