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August 27, 1898

A Leaf From an Old Book.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(9):480. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450090046012

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Hudson Center, N. H., Aug. 15, 1898.

To the Editor:  —There has recently come into my possession a book the title of which reads as follows: "Medicina Magica tamen Physica: Magical but Natural Physick, or a Methodical Tractate of Diastatical Physick. Containing the general Cures of all infirmities. With a Description of a most excellent Cordial out of Gold much to be estimated.Published by Samuel Boulton, Salop, London. Printed by T. C. for N. Brook at the Angel in Cornhill, 1665."The book is inscribed to the "Marquess of Dorchester," by Samuel Boulton, under date of 1646.In these days of various "gold" treatments it may be of interest to become acquainted with methods employed 250 years ago. To quote our author: "Put foliated gold into a vessel well sealed with Hermes seal; put it into our fire till it be calcined to ashes; then sublime it into flores,

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