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King Charles ye First His Physick Books
Biomed.0226  
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Collection contains manuscript volumes in unknown hand. Bookseller attributes possible authorship to Sir Théodore Turquet de Mayerne, son of the Hugenot historian and political theorist Louis Turquet de Mayerne, and physician to James I, Charles I, and Charles II (upon his father's execution in 1649). The first 5 chapters (v.1, leaves 1-9) treat of the virtues of various general types of medicines. Leaves 9-51 contain a treatise "Of wounds" and provide medical techniques for stitches, as well as medical treatments. Leaves 52-61 contain "A booke of directions for chyryrgery given by Sir Sam Sandys to his daughter the Lady Wenman when she went first to keepe house." The remainder of the 2 v., comprising 600 leaves, deals with "generall medicines" or medical recipes for a wide range of ailments including treatments for the eyes, hearing, cancer, consumption, gout, wounds, burns, "biting of a Madd Dogg", the "Kings Evill", and plague.
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1 unknown (2 volumes)
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