• The York medical manuscript (YML, XVI. E. 32)

    Contents (I) Herbal recipes The York medical manuscript consists of a series of therapeutic texts intended to restore the patient’s health.Most of the texts are collections of herbal recipes or receptaria. These collections contain plasters, ointments, syrups, powders or waters (amongst other things), made from herbs, gems and metals, to cure diseases or conditions such as headaches, gout or epilepsy. They date back to classical times and follow a head to heel sequence known as a capite ad calcem order. Contents of recipes Recipes are generally formulaic. They have: A heading that points to the illness or condition the remedy is going to heal. E.g. For gout that is in…

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