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Re: An Apothecary's Case?

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  • donhagist
    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
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 1, 2004
      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
      London]
      7. Pulve. Cort. Perus [powdered Peruvian bark, anti inflammitory]
      8. Pillulae ex Opie [opium pills, an anti diarrheal, also a pain
      reliever]
      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.

      --- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, "Brian Myers" <tapprentice@y...> wrote:

      > I am in
      > search of information on the construction of an Apothecary's Case.
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