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58. Arceus, his Liniment Take of gum elemi, turpentine of the fir tree of each one ounce and an halfe, old sheep suet clensed two ounces, old hog’s greas cleansed one ounce. Mix them and make them into an oyntment according to art. It is used in fractures in the skull and for wounds and ulcers in the skull, and exelent for ulcers if not too sanious in any part of the body though in the feet. It gently clenseth and filleth up an ulcer with flesh it being of a mild nature and freindly to the body.

59. Unguentum Nicotiana or oyntment of Tobacco Take of tobacco leaves bruised two pound: steep them a whol night in red wine. In the morning boyl it in fresh hog’s greas, dillegently washed, one pound, till the wine be consumed. Strain it and ad half a pound of juyce of tobacco, rozin four ounces. Boyl it to the consumtion of the juyce adding towards the end round birthwort roots in pouder two ounces, new wax as much as is sufficient to make it into an oyntment. The vertues of this oyntment is to cure tumors, aposthums, wounds, ulcers, gun shot botches,

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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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