Monday, May 23, 2011

1671 Medicine in Colonial America

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 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.