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Farriery Receipts and Medical Recipe Ledger
Biomed.0315  
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Description
Collection contains a manuscript receipt book written on machine-ruled paper. Includes entries for horses treated and what was done for them, as well as medical recipes for horse problems such as glanders, bots, poll evil (fistula), cancer, hoof rot, and more. However, much of the manuscript is dedicated to folk recipes and cures for human use, children's diseases (records of symptoms of scarlet fever, diphtheria, and other epidemic diseases common to the American frontier), and more. The author records everything from Wisconsin mince pie (with beets), how to prevent wolves from attacking sheep (human urine), preventing conception by using rattlesnake skin for birth control, shoe varnish, white wash, and much more. The manuscript may have been written over a number of years. There is no evidence it was published, but likely intended for local or personal use. Numerous clippings and manuscript recipes laid in or pinned onto pages throughout.
Extent
1 unknown (1 ledger)
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