Re: An Apothecary's Case?
- A German officer wrote a detailed description of the contents of the
cases used by British army surgeons. The extract below is from a
letter by Johann David Schoepf, staff physician to the two
Anspach-Beyreuth regiments serving in America (reprinted in "A German
Surgeon in a British Army Hospital" by Ian Anderson, The Brigade
Dispatch, Vol. 32 No. 4; also in "Johan David Schoepf, M.D. ----Staff
Physician of the Brandenburg-Anspach- Beyreuth Regiment". Henry J.
Retzer, trans. Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association,
Vol. 7 No. 2)
"Their entire supply of medications, or the entire pharmacy, consists
of a small lockable chest which is carried by an attendant. The
powders etc in pre measured doses are located in compartments, e.g.:
1. Emet. [an emetic, to induce vomiting]
2. Pergar. Rhab. [powdered rhubarb leaves, another purgative]
3. Rad. Jalap [jalap root, an emetic]
4. Cremor Tartar [cream of tartar, an emetic]
5. Pulv. Febrifug[us], ex. Flor. Cham., Pulv. Contrajen. [powdered
fever reducing mixture of chamomile flower extract against ]
6. Pulve Contrajervae., Disp. Lond. [powder against..as dispensed in
7. Pulve. Cort. Perus [powdered Peruvian bark, anti inflammitory]
8. Pillulae ex Opie [opium pills, an anti diarrheal, also a pain
9. Pillul. Japan Disp Lond. [Japanese earth pills, as dispensed in
London, anti diarrheal]
10. Pulv. Dover's. [Dover's powder, proprietary fever reducer and
sweat inducer, composed of opium, ipecac, and potassium sulfate]
11. Emplast. Vesicator, [Blistering plaster, to "draw off evil humors"]
12. Pen and Ink [for record keeping]
With this they go from bed to bed and, on the spot, give the patient
what they think is best for him."
There is a lot of other great material about British army hospitals
and medicine in Schoepf's letters.
Don N. Hagist
22d Regt. F.
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