Boston? 1874. 552 pp. Each page contains ~ 8 to 10 mss prescriptions, as completed in manuscript by local physicians, with the medication filled by Boerner's Pharmacy. The ledger easily contains ~ 5000 prescriptions. Folio. 16-5/8" x 7". Tan cloth binding, with maroon leather corners. White cloth tape reinforces hinges. Binding with some shelf wear, and leather worn at tips. Stain to tfore-edge in latter half of ext-block [mss text not affected]. Manuscript prescriptions generally clear & sharp, in a typical script fashion of the day. Repaired tear to lower edge of leaf [pp 121/122]. Withal, Very Good. Item #42995
This volume essentially an apothecary recipe book containing innumerable medicinal formulas with ingredients and dosage instructions.
For example, entries here include "dissolve powder in one glass of water three times a day before eating", "thirty drops every two hours in water", "two pills after first and last meals", "teaspoon at 10, 4, and 9 o'clock", "introduce one into the rectum at bedtime", "teaspoon with half a teacup of sweetened water after each meal", "five drops every three hours", "teaspoon in a glass of water before each meal and before bedtime", et al. Ingredients employed to make pills, tonics, creams, ointments, syrups & the like include morphine sulfate, belladonna, cocoa butter, glycerine plasma, bicarbonate soda, potassium iodine, opium, distilled water, magnesia sulfate, quinine sulfate, liquor, cola, cloves, sherry wine, chloroform, strychnine, raspberry syrup, digitalis, seidlitz powder, etc.
The volume, compiled by an anonymous apothecary, originates from the Boston area, with accounts such as "City Hospital", "McLean Asylum" (today McLean Hospital) and "Sisters of The Good Shepherd" (established in Boston in 1870) being mentioned. Patient locales are occasionally mentioned, with some from a nearby states (e.g., Rockland, Thomaston, and Pemaquid, Maine; Nashua, New Hampshire, &c.).
The sheer size and scope of this volume of manuscript materia medica is notable. An invaluabe primary source for medicinal recipes used by the US medical community in the 1870s.