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[. . .] ale or broth is also very good but care must alwaye be taken of the condition and strenth of the sike woman which in such cases usually is very low and weeke. I have sene exselent effect of that medisen prescribed by the noble Helmont, and since him to be fownd in many awthor, and that is the livers and gales of elles being carefully dried and made into fine powder and given [. . .] cup of wine as much [. . .] as will ly on a shilling [. . .] which dose may be [. . .] once in 3 or [. . .] requier it [. . .] [ins]trument [. . .] then [. . .]

made in the same forme [. . .] that same manner the fig[ure] of it is here sett downe with the forne end shut. *drawing of a surgical instrument* To tak forth a dead child when nature will not bring it downe and the midwif's hand cannot take hold [of] it by reason of the straightnes [of] the passage or the bones pubes [. . .] shut, make an inst[rument] of iron about as thick [. . .] quill with a knob at [. . .] half an inch [. . .]

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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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