Medicine recipe book

Abstract

The Medicine recipe book (dated 1876-1892; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 box) is a journal of handwritten medical recipes presumably maintained by a Kentucky physician or pharmacist.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Medicine recipe book
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Medicine -- Kentucky.
Medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions.
Traditional medicine
Finding Aid Author
Taylor Sturgill
Preferred Citation
2005ms024 : [identification of item] Medicine recipe book, 1876-1892, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Prior to the introduction of antibiotics in the 20th century, medical practitioners relied heavily upon natural plants, such as herbs, seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark or flowers, for medicinal formulations. Herbal medicines often helped heal symptoms or alieviate discomfort during an illness. The unknown 19th century person, possibly a physician or pharmacist, who created this journal of medical recipes using plants and other natural substances, likely used the small journal as a reference book for their recipes.
Scope and Content
The Medicine recipe book (dated 1876-1892; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 box) is a journal of handwritten medical recipes presumably maintained by a Kentucky physician or pharmacist. Some of the formulas include common herbs and natural ingredients such as peppermint, spearmint, bloodroot, garden valerian, maiden hair, yellow water flag, and others to aleviate the symptoms of common ailments such as cough and fever. Procedures on how to concentrate certain ingredients are in the back of the manuscript, while the first half gives the listing ingredients, measurements, and instructions on how to make each compound. The collection also contains 1 loose leaf paper with instructions for a medicine formulation.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Medicine recipe book, 1876-1892

  • Box 1, item 1
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