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For the Plurisies Take an apple that is of a sweete sente and taste in it a hole taking out the core so that the hole goeth not thorow and put into the hole 3 or 4 graines of frankincense of the male kind, otherwise called olibanum, then cover againe the saide hole with the little pece of apple that you tooke of first and rost it apon the embers so that it burne not but that it may waxe tender then take it from the fire.

and breake it into fower parts with all the frankencense in it and so give the patient it to eate. It will by and by make the impostume to break and heale him. Don Alexis 50. A water of marvellows and excellent vertue to bring the sight of the eies to him that hath lost it or deminished by siknes Take ʒ iii of tutia mad in powder very smale and as much aloe epaticum in powder, ʒ ii of white suger

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Apothecary weights

Apothecary Symbols

*see abbreviations below table

Symbol Name TR (*) ME (*)
lb, li, libr. libra, pound apothecary's pound 373.243 g
ss semis half half
uncia, ounce, unce apothecary's ounce 31.103 g
Q quarta quart between 0.95 and 1.16 liters
ʒ dragma, dram dram 3.888 g
G grana, grain grain 0.065 g (65 mg)
A ana of each one of each one
lb ss libr. semi half an apothecary's pound 186.623 g
℥ ss semuncia half an apothecary's ounce 15.552 g

Name = Name in Text

TR = Translation

ME = Modern Equivalent (approx.; in grams and liters)

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