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the poynt and about an inch longe. Let this end of the instrument be made with a screw at the poynt and sharpe to perse the child's head. And let the uper end of the knob be filed so depe that the bottom of the screw be made even with the spindell. And so wide at the bottom that the child's scull maye slide up in it withowt making a great hole or renting of it that [it] maye have the more strength to draw it downe then having handle at the other end of [. . .] fitt both for lengthe and [. . .] wind it in and to draw do[wn] first feele with your [hand] the child's head and for [. . .] ase of it to en[. . .] it be not [. . .]

scull least being in a wea[. . .] you loose your hold and so hin[der] the worke. For if once your hold be rent out it will be more difficult taking hold againe or keeping your hold when you have it. This having fownd a place to fasten your instrument, which at such a time you ought to have in secret eyther in your owne custedy or in the hand of sum discrete person that maye help you to it, then take the instruments and gide it orderly to the child's head and with one hand turne the instrument to [. . .] it in and with a finger of the [oth]er hand guid it that it slip [. . .] from its dew place [. . .] in all the head of the [. . .] that the square shoulder [. . .] within the scull then [. . .] child's head

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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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