A Certain Radical Cure for the Scurvy

[ A Certain Radical Cure for the Scurvy ] A.R.

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Contributor Role
Other
Contributor Name
A.R.

Date: 1793/01/30

Publication Format
Print

Type
Medicine

Symptoms
face blotches
irritation in the face

Ingredients
cream of tartar
sulphur
ethiop's mineral
treacle

Places
Charlottetown
Prince Edward Island
Island of Saint John

Source: Royal Gazette and Miscellany of the Island of Saint John
Institution: University Of New Brunswick | Source Origin: Harriet Irving Library Microfilms (HIL-MIC)

Description

A cure for the scurvy that is said to better than "those famous expensive drops."


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Transcription

AN EXTRACT.

A certain radical Cure for the SCURVY.

   It has proved most effectual in this tor-

menting disorder, attended with irritation,

continual blotches in the face, &c. after 

every other application has failed, and par-

ticularly those famous expensive drops,

ad other nostrums, whose reputation the

writer hereof has found to be much superior

to their merit, he therefore desires, from the 

sole principle of humanity, that what he

has experienced to be so great a benefit,

may be universally known, for it came to

his knowledge by mere accident.

     "Take two ounces of cream of tartar

     "one ounce of Sulphur, one ounce of

     "AEthiops mineral; pound them fine,

     "and mix them in half a pound of

     "treacle, taking half a spoonful an

     "hour after breakfast, and the same

     "quantity going to rest; if this should

     "purge too much, take it only once in

     "24 hours, every evening. Continue

     "the practice, and the effect will soon

     "demonstrate its utility."

   Mr. Printer, This I was desired to copy,

and tend to you, that you might insert the

same in your paper, for the benefit of the 

 afflicted, by a subscriber.  Your's, A.R.

 

Annotations
AEthiops mineral
Ethiops mineral is in the eighteenth century "mercuric sulphide, HgS, prepared as a black solid by the reaction of mercury and sulphur, and formerly used medicinally as an anthelmintic and tonic" (OED).