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A Leechbook: or Collection of Medical Recipes of The Fifteenth Century

Nature volume 134, pages 270271 (25 August 1934) | Download Citation



THE Medical Society of London was founded in 1773 and has possessed since its earliest ‘jdaysMBi Noc 136, which Mr. Warren Dawson has now transcribed and rendered into modern English, the original text and the twentieth icentury version dbeing “convenimitly printed on Opposite-pages throughout the book The medieval compiler of this collection of recipes provides a rich supply of common names of herbs on which the editor very wisely, says that even in the Middle Ages the identification of plants and minerals in medical manuscripts must have been a matter of the greatest complexity, ikid that the glossaries I and nomeniilators then drawn up giving the synonomy of herbs “often increase rather than diminish our difficulties”. Point is given to this comment by the recent efforts of correspondents of the Times and the British Medical Journal to give botanical precision to ‘cow parsley’ and to ‘ground ivy’ respectively.

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