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Clefts of the hands and feet in De Lue Veneria Hercules Saxonia De Lue Vener chap 30 writes that he hath observed a certaine woman who for eight years together had clefts in har hands and had used the help of all the Venetian and Padua doctors to no purpose, was in a short time easily cured withe juce of an herb which some cal mugwort, other's tansie, being carefully dropt with a feather into all the clefts and forbaring to wash har hands at all and that he hath found the same juyce profitable in ringworms and crusty ulcers.

Basilicon the Geater Take of white wax, pine rozin, heifer's suet, Greek pitch, turpentine, olibanum, mirrh, of each one ounce, oyle five ounces, powder the olibanum and mirrh, and the rest being melted, make it into an oyntment according to art. 55. Basilicon the Less Take of yellow wax, fat rozin, Greek pitch, of each half a pound, oyle nine ounces. Mix them together by melting them according to art. Both this and the former heat moisten and digest, procure matter in wounds, and bring the filth or corrupted blood from green wounds. They clense and ease pain.

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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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