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Manuscript Journal of an Apothecary and Physician Carl Daniel Schwila of Breslau.
Breslau, Lower Silesia, Germany, now Wroclaw, 1835. This manuscript journal contains numerous medicinal recipes, others for household use including a mouse poison, as well as very detailed notes from lectures and references to the works of notable physicians from Germany, France and England. Text is in German. 8vo. 357 in manuscript, plus 3 additional leafs placed within, penned in three distinct hands. First leaf bears the blind stamp of "Apotheke in Kösel - R. Schliwa" Deteriorated binding which lacks rear board and spine, age-toning throughout, indication of burrowing to a few leaves, otherwise in good condition, an abundant and fascinating journal of pharmaceutical interest. Contained in an archival clam shell box for extra protection. An extensive journal of Victorian era medical formulae compiled and utilized by an apothecary and physician, over some twenty-five years, its entries feature numerous recipes for treatment, in the form of ingestible liquid prescriptions, tinctures, syrups, tonics, teas, compounds, pills, and possibly plasters. With at least three contributors, Dr. Schwila and his partners or protégés (possibly family), the volume was likely the cornerstone reference work of a family business in Kosel. [Kosel, known historically as Koslev, is a municipality in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.] This volume is a fine elucidation of pharmaceutical techniques, discoveries, and evolving theories in medicine during mid-nineteenth century, frequently drawing on notable physicians and surgeons, apothecaries, leading medical educators, and their revolutionary works. In an ongoing pursuit to improve remedies and medical procedures, Schwila evidently kept abreast of the most recent findings and applications across Western Europe, he also performed his own experiments. An eight-page section is attributed to "Runge" at its conclusion, quite likely referring to German chemist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge (1795-1867) who identified the mydriatic effects of the belladonna (deadly nightshade) extract, and who identified caffeine in the coffee plant. Other contemporaries in his field, mentioned here - homeopath Dr. George von Schmidt (1820-1882) who published a treatise on cholera titled "Das Choleragift" in 1867, apothecary Keller, apothecary Koldewey ein Isselburg, Dr. Vogel, Dr. Wittke zu Rummelsburg, Herr A. Lepowitz. English surgeon Thomas Turner (1793-1873), known primarily for his involvement in developing medical education outside its then traditional base of London, is also mentioned with the date of 1826, possibly in relation to his work as surgeon to the Deaf and Dumb Institution. The recipes are equally fascinating, with innumerable natural remedy treatments for human ailments, comprised mainly of plant extracts, herbs and minerals. . Manuscript.
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