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Making Musk Julep: Sugar Coating a Bitter Medicine

By Susan Brandt Popular eighteenth-century pharmacopoeias often included animal-based substances such as musk, which might seem nauseating to the modern palate. In The New Dispensatory Containing the Theory and Practice of Pharmacy (London, 1753),...
From: The Recipes Project on 16 Jul 2019

July 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Pennsylvania Gazette (July 13, 1769). “At Mr. JOSEPH SOLOMAN’S … in Lancaster, by the appointment of Mr. HAMILTON, Surgeon Dentist.” At the same time that...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Jul 2019

July 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Georgia Gazette (July 12, 1769). “Boxes of medicines prepared for the use of plantations and shipping.” Lewis Johnson peddled an “Assortment of MEDICINES”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 Jul 2019

Tales from the Archives: Human Milk as Medicine in Imperial China: Practice or Fantasy?

The Recipes Project has over 500 posts in our archives and over 120 pages for readers to sift through. That’s a lot of material! With so much excellent material on the site, it’s easy for earlier pieces to be forgotten. This Tales from the...
From: The Recipes Project on 11 Jul 2019

July 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (July 10, 1769). “No CURE No PAY.” As part of his marketing efforts, Mr. Hamilton, “Surgeon Dentist and Operator for the Teeth,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Jul 2019

Opium; or, How it Became a “Dirty Drug”

By Stephen Basdeo We live in an era in which, increasingly, governments in many western countries are realising that they are losing the so-called “War on Drugs”. Some countries have completely decriminalised certain substances, while in some...

Thomas Tryon’s Harmless Cocoe-Nut Water

By Andrea Crow Mouthfeel was only the beginning for the early modern vegetarian author Thomas Tryon. Tryon’s prolific literary output of tracts and guidebooks (complete with hundreds of recipes) advocating meat-free living treats texture as one...
From: The Recipes Project on 4 Jul 2019

18th Century Herbal Use.

PLEASE NOTE: This list is supplied so that you can check these herbs against up to date/modern information. For instance, we grow comfrey in our garden, but up to date information warns against using this herb for food!Dictionary of 18th Century Herb...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 4 Jul 2019

An Anatomy Cabinet

Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2019 Among the many delights for a historian of medicine like me at the University Museum in Utrecht is a reconstructed anatomy cabinet from the late eighteenth century.  It contains objects from the collection of Jan Bleuland...
From: Anita Guerrini on 3 Jul 2019

A Recipe for Reproductive Healthcare

Melissa Reynolds Last month I wrote an Op-Ed for the Washington Post’s Made by History section addressing the crisis in maternal mortality in the United States. Drawing from ancient, medieval, and Renaissance reproductive recipes, I argued...
From: The Recipes Project on 27 Jun 2019

The Paracelsans

Image of ParacelsusIn the late sixteenth century, the writings of an obscure physician started to become very popular around Europe. Born in 1493 with the name of Theophrastus von Hohenheim, "Paracelsus"[1] was the son of a German physician living...
From: Conciatore on 26 Jun 2019

Dr. Ezekiel Brown in the Concord Jail

Yesterday we found Ezekiel Brown back in his native town of Concord. He had left as a boy, his poor family seeking better farmland, and returned as a young man with enough skills and drive to set up a shop—only to be locked in jail for debt on the...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Jun 2019

Ezekiel Brown in the Boston Jail

When the British army put Thomas Kettell and other provincial prisoners from the Battle of Bunker Hill into the Boston jail, one of the men they found there was Ezekiel Brown (1744-1824) of Concord.Robert Gross discusses Brown at length in The Minutemen...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Jun 2019

The Myths of Lt. Col. James Abercrombie’s Death

Lt. Col. James Abercrombie (1732-1775) led the battalion of British grenadiers, detached from their regiments, at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He was mortally wounded, becoming the most senior British officer to die in the fight. Not only did Abercrombie...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Jun 2019

June 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (June 17, 1769). “The Art of curing, with God’s Assistance, all curable Disorders.” Isaac Calcott, a healer, inserted an advertisement in the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Jun 2019

The Barber and the Abusive Parrot!

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the chattering barber was a comic stereotype. All sorts of satires and images lampooned the loquacious shaver, more intent on the sound of his own voice than the customer’s comfort. But in 1869 an unusual case...
From: DrAlun on 12 Jun 2019

Preview: Early Canada at Congress 2019

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019 kicks off next week in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. We’ve compiled a preview of the panels and presentations that may be of particular interest to those looking for “early...
From: Borealia on 30 May 2019

May 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Supplement to the New-York Journal (May 25, 1769). “Family Physician, or Primitive Physic, just published.” The supplement that accompanied the May 25, 1769, edition...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 May 2019

Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks(1752-1837) Virginia Planter & Herbal Doctor

Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks(1752-1837) Virginia Planter & Herbal Doctor 1752 - 1837 Collection of the University of Virginia Art Museum.  Painted by John Toole, 1815-1860.While she’s often overlooked, Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks made an...
From: 18th-century American Women on 26 May 2019

Top Physician

Frontispiece from Ricettario Fiorentino 1597 ed.In 1580, when Antonio Neri was four years old, just after the birth of his brother Vincenzio, both his father and grandfather were together granted full Florentine citizenship by Grand Duke Francesco I de'...
From: Conciatore on 24 May 2019

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