Friday, May 20, 2011

1677 Medicine in Massachusetts

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

For ye Dropsie
Take good store of Elder roots wash them & make them very Cleane then splitt & steepe them in strong ale wort & Lett them stand together while ye Ale is working then when it is 2 days old drinke of it morning Noone & at night till leath be obtained Lett there be as many of ye Roots as Can well be steeped in the Ale.

Zerobabel Endecott (c 1635-1684). Synopsis Medicinae. ed George Francis Dow. 1914 Reprint of 1677 Manuscript. Salem, Massachusetts.