[Latin] Decoctum Acidum

[ [Latin] Decoctum Acidum ] William Paine

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William Paine

Date: This recipe is from a notebook dated 1782. | 1782/01/01 to 1782/12/31

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tamarind fruits
white sugar

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


These recipes are on page 7 in what is catalogued as a medical tract, a pharmacopoeia in Latin, dated 1782. Reel 1. Image courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society. 


             Decoctum Acidum  1The upper right corner of this page is folded in the online photographs, so letters or short words are unreadable at the end of lines 1-3. This recipe is abbreviated from a recipe for “Decoctum Acidum” in Formules de medicamens usitées dans les différens hopitaux de Paris. New Edition (Paris, 1783), 50, or a similar book.
Rx Fruct. Tamarindorum ℥iv:  ***
Fervid: li. viij: stent simul
per horas quatuor: coletur liquor
et adde sacc: alb. ℥iv:
usurpatur pro potu ordinaro.

X         Decoct. Album P. L.

            Decoctum Seneke
Rx Radicis Senekæ ℥i:
+ Aquæ _ _ _ _ _ _ lib. ij:
decocque ad libram unam et cola
Dosis ℥ij quarta quaqua Hora.


          An Acid Decoction
Recipe: 4 ounces of tamarind fruits: ***
8 pounds of hot [water]: let them stand together for four hours: strain the liquor and add 4 ounces of white sugar.
This can be used as an ordinary drink.

White Decoction. Pharmacopoeia Londinensis

Decoction of Seneka
Recipe: 1 ounce of seneka,
2 pounds of water:
Cook down to one pound and strain.
Dose: 2 ounces every four hours.


Translation by Winston Black