Cache-Control: public, max-age=1024000 Pharmacopoeia Extemporanea: Ricket Ale

Ricket Ale.

Take roots of Osmond Royal (or for want of it, Male fern) Liquorice, Sassaphras, each 1 ounce, Bark of Ash and Ivy, each half an ounce; Tamarisk-tops, Harts tongue, each 4 handfuls; live Woodlice 250, Raisins 4 ounces; prepare all for 1 gallon.

It may well go for a specific in this distemper, and should be drunk for constant drink.

True Rickets are seldom rife, but in those years when Autumnal Agues reign: Which is worth observing, faith Sydenham. The Rickets were scarce heard of 'till the year 1630, and were not mention'd in the Bills of Mortality, 'till the year 1634, and then but 14 for that whole year, from which time, they increas'd, so as to be 521 in the year 1660. And now they are decreas'd again; and perhaps may in some years (like a Comet) quite disappear.

Thomas Fuller
Pharmacopeia Extemporanea 1710