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Materia Medica notes,; circa 1750.

Materia Medica notes, circa 1750.
This book of notes on Materia Medica, written in Latin, is neither signed nor dated and contains relatively little contextualizing information. Approximately the first third of the book (through page 80) consists of medical receipts, sorted by the forms in which the drugs are delivered- for example, as powders ("pulveres"), pills ("pilulae") or balms ("unguenta"). Within these categories, medicines are mostly but not exclusively titled by the diseases they are meant to confront (for example, "contra paralysis" or "contra asthma"). The rest of the text contains the Materia Medica notes, an alphabetized list of medicinal substances, most of which are plants, though some mineral and animal products are described as well. The fairly succinct entry for each botanical substance provides, when applicable, its full or alternate Latin name, the parts of the plant with medicinal properties, its uses (that is, the particular diseases or conditions against which it may be effective) and its proper dosage. Medical measurements in this book are designated with 'Apothecaries' symbols,' helpfully outlined in a guide by the Text Creation Partnership (
1 volume (.1 linear foot)
(OCoLC)1011603274; (OCoLC)on1011603274
This book is written in highly abbreviated Latin.
Materia medica.; Materia medica -- Early works to 1800.; Medicine.; Medicine -- 18th century -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions.; Medicine -- Study and teaching.; Manuscripts, American; 18th century.; Notes.
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1867