[ The Gravel ] Anthony Allaire
Source: Anthony Allaire. Diary and Order Book.
Institution: New Brunswick Museum Archives and Research Library | Source Origin: Beverley Robinson Papers | Sublocation: Anthony Allaire. Diary and Order Book. | Reference: S 37A F 19
This recipe, from a print source, is pasted into the manuscript on page 52. It is dated 31 October 1820 on the back. Image courtesy of New Brunswick Museum Archives and Research Library.
The excruciating sufferings sustained by persons
afflicted by gravel in the kidnies, &c. induced me
to communicate a remedy which has, in numerous
instances, afforded relief.
This remedy was discovered and its efficacy first
tested by Dr. Williams, a late eminent physician in
Virginia. -- He had for several years suffered ex-
tremely by gravel. -- As an experiment, Dr. W
put a small quantity of the gravel which he had
voided, into three wine glasses, one containing gin,
a second containing a solution of lime, (lime water)
the third containing pure strong coffee. After
waiting a few days, on examining, he found that
the gravel deposited in gin, was not in the slightest
degree, altered--that deposited in lime water ap-
peared a little softened; that deposited in strong
coffee, was reduced to an impalpable power.
Encouraged by this experiment, Dr. W. imme-
diately adopted the use of pure strong coffee not
mixed with sugar, milk or any ingredient. In a
short time he voided gravel reduced to sand, with
little pain, and was relieved.
The above important facts were stated to me by
a respectable physician, who has administered this
remedy with similar success.