Monday, May 23, 2011

1671 Medicine in Colonial America

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Printer's device of Swiss Medical printer Johann Frobenius, by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1523

Bleeding at Nose
If the flux be violent, open a vein on the same side, and cause the sick to smell to a dried Toad, or Spiders tyed up in a ragg...the fumes of Horns and Hair is very good, and the powder of Toads to be blowed up the Nose...in extremity, put teats made of Swines-dung up the nostrils.

From Compendium of Physick (William Salmon), London, 1671, which was noted in Massachusetts in 1677.
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