Cache-Control: public, max-age=1024000 Pharmacopoeia Extemporanea: 1. Cancer Ale

1. Cancer Ale.

Take roots of Spanish Angelica, Burdock, Filipendula, each 4 ounces; Elecampane 2 ounces, Gentian, Virginy Snake-root, each 1 ounce; Herb Robert, Ragwort, Sage, each 4 handfuls; Scordium, Rue, each 2 handfuls; live Millepeds 1 pint, crude Antimony (broken into small pieces, and tied up in a rag) 1 pound; put these in a bag for 4 gallons.

N.B. This Ale must by no means, be kept till stale and eager; and that not only upon the account of the millipedes, whose volatile Salt will be destroyed by the acid; but chiefly for the sake of the Antimony, which when unlocked by an acid, is very inclinable to turn emetic.

Let it serve for constant drink for a month together.

Thomas Fuller
Pharmacopeia Extemporanea 1710