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Recently a topic came across my Facebook feed: "Archaeologists Found the Perfectly Preserved Corpse of a 350 Year Old Friend Noblewoman." The source was Absolute History. The story was underwhelming and left something to be desired for the academically minded. That is to say that although the article was well written and had the name... Continue Reading →
This is something that will be expanded on further down the road. British History Online has a Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database, which I fully intend to enjoy. It's free for personal use, and so I encourage you to thoroughly enjoy the Parliamentary papers located on British History Online (BHO) as... Continue Reading →
While I dont typically reblog, this is an important article fir understanding the history of medicibe.
Today, the words “recipe” and “receipt” have clear, separate meanings: the former refers to a list of ingredients and directions for preparing a specific dish, while the latter is a paper record of a transaction. But the words haven’t always had those meanings. If you collect rare and antiquarian cookbooks, you’ve undoubtedly encountered both “receipt” and “recipe” in different contexts.
The Latin word “recipere,” from which both words are derived, means “to receive” or “to take.” Each is simply a different form of the word. Both forms were first used in the fourteenth century. Chaucer was the first to use “receipt” in Canterbury Tales around 1386. “Recipe” first appeared in Lanfranc’s Cirurg, published circa 1400 (“cirurg” is a variant of “surgery,” so this was a medical book).
In both instances, the words refer not to food, but to medicine. Indeed, the first receipts were prescriptions for medicinal preparations…
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In our modern lives it is quite normal for us to have more than one career path during our lifetime. It's expected while you find what you want to do, and then at some point - generally after 15 or so years, to want to do something else. You leave the threads of your old... Continue Reading →
I've been researching so long that I know the reputation of many websites. Some - like Princeton University's wiki site draws from Wikipedia, which I don't trust as a rule, although there are exceptions. Others, like US History.org have good reputations for basic stuff, so can be used as a jumping off place. But, I... Continue Reading →
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Now that I know that any medical recipes with orchids are out (see August 28, 2017 entry) ... I get to start looking for other recipes to that are safe and feasible to recreate. The next flower that makes its appearance is the Florentine Violet. Luckily, the recipes in Nostradamus' medical books only call for... Continue Reading →
John Gerard, the man, was born in Norwich, England in 1545. (Woodward, 1927) He was educated at Willaston and showed an interest in medicine early in life. It is hypothesized that he had traveled "as a ship's surgeon, on board some merchant vessel..." (Woodward, 1927) He reported to have traveled to Denmark, Russia, Sweden,... Continue Reading →
We all know the amazing scholars who grow / raise / make the parts needed for the thing that they want to construct. As already identified, I am not that person. However, that does not mean that I'm just throwing 'close enough' ingredients into a 'close enough' tool and trying to pass it as correct.... Continue Reading →