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The Pharmacopeia Extemporanea

Thomas Fuller published his Pharmacopeia Extemporanea in English in 1710. It caused quite a stir by giving away medical recipes previously guarded jealously by doctors. He explains his motives in The Preface.

Fuller lists some 800 recipes, divided into the following categories:

To track down individual ingredients, I recommend using the Database search (e.g. search the body text for "snail")

As always, click on the name (e.g. Antimonal Ale) to see more details.

Units of Measurement

The Pharmacopeia uses Apothecary units, some of which may be unfamiliar.

The smallest unit of weight is the grain, weighing 64.8 mg or 1/480 of a troy ounce. The equivalent unit of volume is the minim. Fuller uses the term drop which is roughly equivalent to 20 minims . The other main units are the scruple - 20 grains, and dram or drachm - 60 grains or 3 scruples.

Solid Measurements

1 pound=12 ounces96 drams288 scruples5,760 grains373 grams
1 ounce=-8 drams24 scruples480 grains31.1 grams
1 dram=--3 scruples60 grains3.89 grams
1 scruple=---20 grains1.296 grams
1 grain=----64.8 mg

Liquid Measurements

1 liquid pint=16 fl. ounces128 fl. drams384 fl. scruples7,680 minims473 ml
1 fluid ounce=-8 fl. drams24 fl. scruples480 minims29.6 ml
1 fluid dram=--3 fl. scruples60 minims3.70 ml
1 fluid scruple=---20 minims1.23 ml
1 minim=----0.062 ml

1 drop =~ 1 fluid scruple.