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66. Emplastrum De Meliloto Simplex or A Plaister of Melilot Simple Take of rozein eight pound, yellow wax fowr pound, sheep’s suet two pound. These being melted ad green mellilot cut smale five pound. Make it a plaister according to art. It is a gallant drawing and healing plaister, no way offensive to any part of the body. It clenseth wounds of their filth, ripeneth swellings and breaks them and curs them when it hath done. It is spetiall good for those swellings vulgarly in London called fellons, in Sussex Andicoms. Onely have a care of applying to the legs because of its drawing quality to any other part of the boddy in a sore that hath any putrefaction in it is none of the worst plaster.

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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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