An Ounce of Bark, two Drahms of Mithridate, / One Drahm of snake Root - Syrup of Orange / Peel a Sufficient quantity. to make them into an / Electuary - For an AgueTake the quantity of a nutmeg Every three hours / When the ague & fever is off, for a grown Person, half the / Above quantity for a Child.
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'Bark' - The bark of the Cinchona tree, from which quinine is procured (OED).'Mithridate' - Mithridate mustard, a name for the plant Lepidium campestre and Thlaspi arvense...' (OED).'Snake-root' - ... the dried root of Polygala senega and Aristolochia serpentaria used largely in medicine .... One or other of several plants so called from a fancied resemblance to a snake (OED).'Electuary' - A medicine, consisting of a powder, or other ingredient mixed with honey, jam, or syrup (OED).'Ague' - An acute fever. A malarial fever (OED). A 'drahm' is a dram which was an apothecary's weight in which 8 drams equalled one ounce.
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