[Latin] Haustus Purgans Antiseptic

[ [Latin] Haustus Purgans Antiseptic ] 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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Peruvian bark
Glauber’s salts
spirit of Minderer
Thebaic Tincture
volatile salt of hartshorn
cordial confection
spirit of lavender
ipecac wine
tartar emetic
spring water
white syrup

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


These recipes are on page 19 in what is catalogued as a medical tract, a pharmacopoeia in Latin, dated 1782. Reel 1. Image courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society. 


            Haustus Purgans Antiseptic:

Rx Decoct. Cort. Peruv ℥iij

Sal: Glaub: ℥ss solve—

           Haustus Diaphoreticus.

Rx Sp’ Mindereri ℥iss: Tinct Thebai. Gt XX

Sal: Cor: Cervi. Volit. Gr. vj. M[isce]

            Haustus Cort. Peruv.

Rx Decoct. Cort. Peruv. ℥ij. Pulv. Cort. Peruv ℈ij

Confect. Cardiac. ʒss Sp’ Lavend’ Co. Gutt. xxx

M[isce]. F[iat] Haustus. Sexta quaqua hora


            Haustus Emeticus—

Rx Vin. Ipecac. ʒvj: Tart. Emet. Gr ij:

Aq Fontanis ℥j Syr: Alb ℥ss __ M[isce]




            Antiseptic purgative drink

Recipe: 3 ounces decoction of Peruvian bark

Dissolve ½ ounce of Glauber’s salts. 1Glauber’s salts are the decahydrate of sodium sulfate, named after a Dutch/German chemist and apotheacry Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604-1670).

            Diaphoretic [Sweating] Drink

Recipe: 1 ½ ounces of spirit of Minderer 2Spiritus Mindereri was a proprietary medicinal drink named after Raymond Minderer (ca.1570-1621), 20 drops of Thebaic Tincture, 6 grains of volatile salt of hartshorn. Mix.

            Peruvian Bark drink

Recipe: 2 ounces decoction of Peruvian bark, 2 scruples of powdered Peruvian bark, ½ dram of cordial confection, 30 drops of composite spirit of lavender. Mix, make a drink to be taken every sixth hour.

            Emetic Drink

Recipe: 6 drams of ipecac wine, 2 grains of tartar emetic, 1 ounce of spring water, ½ ounce of white syrup. Mix.

Translation and transcription by Winston Black