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English Medical Notebook, 17th century

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Notebook containing medical recipes, commenced in 1650, but containing a few later and non-medical entries.

Remedies for common ailments and more serious conditions including plague.

ff. 1r.-3v. blank.

ff. 4r.-7r. The Table of the Ensuinge Medecines.

ff. 8r.-24r. A booke of physicall receits.

ff. 25r.-76v. Chyrurgery: Heere follow Sundry Medecines for wounds, sores, swellings, bruses Aches & c.

ff. 77r.-86r. miscellaneous recipes.

ff. 86v.-91v. largely blank, some spelling exercises.



Physical description

91 ff. (original pagination 1-142, then irregular foliation 143-147) 183 × 141 mm. Contemporary vellum binding, stamped with a daisy and acorn decorative centre incorporating the initials 'F.S.' on front and back boards.

Acquisition note

Purchased from Vanbrugh Rare Books, 1991.

Biographical note

Some recipes are attributed to particular persons, for example a Dr. Vilvin (?Robert Vilvain).

Finding aids

Described in typescript supplements, by Christopher Hilton and Richard Aspin, to the Library's published finding aids.


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