As medicine was advancing relatively slowly at the time, the Pharmacopoeia of 1915 has been taken as a measure of the position reached at the end of the 19th century. The documents on the Manchester Hospitals Pharmacopoeia and Wesley's Primitive Physic have been rendered into pdf documents.


Materia Medica from Manchester Hospital Pharmacopoeia of 1827

A Treatise on the Management of Pregnant and Lying-In Women, by Charles White, FRS, London, 1773, Chapters 1 and V1 on Puerperal Fever. (Needs a pdf reader). A brief biography of Charles White appears on my site on Intellectual Revolution in the North West.

List of Drugs in Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1859

Therapeutics from 'The Essentials of Materia Medica and Therapeutics', by Alfred Baring Garrod, 3rd Edn., 1868

List of drug types in Squires Companion to the British Pharmacopoeia, 19th Edn in 1915, compared to modern categories.

William Whitla's list of therapeutic types in 1915.

Some historical theories of disease and treatment

John Wesley's 'Primitive Physic'

My version is the fourth edition of Wesley's book. It was first published in 1747 with further editions in 1755, 1760 and 1780. The work was much plagiarised and reprinted in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; my copy was printed in 1847. Two missing pages from the preface of my addition were kindly provided for me from another copy by Mrs. Jackie Williams. The document has been prepared using optical character recognition. A small amount of reformatting has been necessary. References to the abstract of Dr. Tissot have been eliminated as this is not included in my edition.

Memorial plaque

Commemorative stone in the chapel of Christ Church which serves also as Oxford Cathedral

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