Pharmacopoeias and Related Literature in Britain and America, 1618-1847: Nicoletto Vernia and Agostino Nifo

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Cowen has reproduced 13 articles originally published in journals between 1951 and 1987 not only to make them more accessible to scholars, but also to highlight a facet of medical history that he thinks has received too little attention: the material medica and pharmacotherapy that comprised the practice of medicine. They demonstrate the wide variety of materials--animal, vegetable, mineral, and chemical—that were used in medicine. The topics include the influence of the Edinburgh pharmacopoeia and the Edinburgh dispensatories, America's pre-pharmacopoeial literature, and the folk medicine of the Pennsylvania Dutch.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860788423
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: Variorum Collected Studies
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 5.91 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

I The Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia 1
II The Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia 31
III Expunctum est Mithridatium 51
IV The Edinburgh Dispensatories 55
V The Influence of the Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia and the Edinburgh Dispensatories 67
VI A Note on Pharmaceutical Literature and the Introduction of the New Chemical Nomenclature 75
VII The Spread and Influence of British Pharmacopoeial and Related Literature 79
VIII America's Pre-Pharmacopoeial Literature 185
IX The Boston Editions of Nicholas Culpeper 223
X 'Zum Dienst des gemeinen Mannes, insonderheit fur die Landleute'. The Domestic and Veterinary Medicine Books Printed in Colonial North America and the United States in the German Language 233
XI Deigendesch's Nachrichters Rossartznebuchlein 261
XII The Folk Medicine of the Pennsylvania Dutch 269
XIII The New York Hospital and Its Pharmacopoeia 281
Index 287
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