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17. For [. . .] Take rasins of the soun stoned and figgs of each a pound mother [of] time, maiden haire, liverwort, comfree, elder buds, knot grase, sheperd's pouch, egrimony of each a handfull, hart's horne rasped a handfull. Boyle all in a gallon of good wort till 3 pints be wasted. Straine it out. Drink of it 3 times a day. 18. For the Dropsie often provd and espetially upon one man. Other meanes used by men of skill fayled this was affectuall Tak good store of elder roots. Wash them and make them very cleane. Then splitt them and steepe them in strong ale wort and lett them stand together while the ale is working. Then when it is 2 days old drinke of it morning,

noone, and at night till health be obtained. Lett there be as many of the roots as can well be steeped in the ale. The flowers are of the same use and more powerfull An other: Take rie flower make past with water. Role it thin and with the greene leaves of sage and a littl rosemary fill it as pye. Bake it very dry. Beat altogether and take half a spoonefull at a time in a wine cupfull of your beere. 19. For the Scurvy by Galenicus the Duke of Venus Drink a strong decotion of wormwood for many dayes together.

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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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