[Latin] UntitledRecipe/To Treat Venereal Warts

[ [Latin] UntitledRecipe/To Treat Venereal Warts ] William Paine

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Contributor Role
Compiler
Contributor Name
William Paine
Contributor Role
Author
Contributor Name
Dr. Adair
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Author
Contributor Name
Schwedianer

Date: Late 18th or early 19th century; exact date unknown.

Publication Format
Manuscript

Type
Medicine

Symptoms
venereal warts

Ingredients
calomel
cream of tartar
tartar emetic
wine
vinegar
mercury
alum
camphor
white lead

Source: William Paine Papers
Institution: University Of New Brunswick | Source Origin: Loyalist Collection | Reference: MIC-Loyalist FC LFR.P3W5P3

Description

 

A prescription for an unknown ailment followed by an application to treat venereal warts.


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William Paine, Dr. Adair, Schwediauer 1Schwediauer is likely the same as F. Swediaur, MD, author of Pharmacopoeia medici practici universalis (Brussels, 1817).
 

Rx Crem. Tart. Calomel uniusque grana

quinque. Tart. Emet. granum unum.

 

This is a full Dose; to the weak & younger

Patients half the quantity is given.

It creates nausea generally, often vomits,

and commonly purges and sweats.

Dr Adair

 

Rx. Sp. Vini rectificat. aceti vini ana sescun-

-ciam. Mercur. Corros. Sub. Aluminis.

Camphora. Cerussae. Ana semidrachmam. 2This same recipe in Latin, with the same English description, is found attributed to someone named Plenk in Andrew Duncan, Medical Commentaries, for the Years 1783-84. Volume Ninth (London 1785), 121: “For venereal warts, and other excrescences, he has found Plenk’s aqua caustica answer extremely well. Its composition is as follows: Rx. Sp. Vini rectif. Aceti vini, ana secunciam. Mercur. Corros. Sub. Aluminis. Camphora. Cerussae, ana semidrachmam. This liquor applied once or twice a-day with a pencil, has, he says, removed them when nothing else would succeed.” Clearly Duncan and Dr. Paine had the same source, since Paine is writing a few years before Duncan’s volume was published. Duncan’s medical volume also attributes this recipe to Dr Schwediauer (not “Schwedianer”) on p. 122.

 

For Venereal Warts, and other Excrescences

To be applied once or twice a Day with a

Pencil.

                                     Schwediauer

 

Translation

Recipe: Five grains of both cream of tartar and calomel, one grain of tartar emetic.

Recipe: Rectified spirit of wine [and] vinegar at the weight of half an ounce. Corrosive sublimate of mercury, alum, camphor, [and] white lead at the weight of half an ounce.

 

Translation and transcription by Winston Black

Annotations
Mercury chloride, once used as a purgative as well as an insecticide and fungicide.