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56. Unguentum Dialthoea or Oyntment of Marsh Mallows Take of common oyl four pound, mussilage of marsh mallows roots, linseeds and fenugreek seeds two pound. Boyl them together til the watry part of the mussilage be consumed then add wax half a pound, rozin three ounces, turpentine an ounce. Boyle them to the consistance of an oyntment. But lett the mussilage be prepard of a pound of fresh roots bruised and halfe a pound of each of the seeds steeped and boyled in eight pound of spring water and then presse it out. This heat and moysten helps pains of the breasts coming of cold, and

pleurisie, [. . .] aches, and stitches, and softens hard swellings. 57. Unguentum Egyptiacum Take of vert de greece finely poudred five parts, honey fourteen parts, sharp vinegar seven parts. Boyle them to a just thicknes and a reddish color. It clenseth filthy ulcers and fistulues forcibly and not without paine. It takes away dead and proud flesh and dries. Zerobabel Endecott 1679

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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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