474J T.K. Doctor in physick
The Kitchin-physician: or, A guide for good-housewives in maintaining their families in health. Wherein are described the natures, causes, and symptoms of all diseases inward and outward, incident to the bodies of men, women, and children. Prescribing natural, useful, an proper medicines both in physick and chirurgery, as well for the prevention as speedy cure of the said distempers. Adorned with sculptures, shewing the proper place of every distemper in the body. Published for the common good of city & country, by T.K. doctor in physick
London : printed for Samuel Lee, stationer, over against the Post-Office in Lumbard-street, 1680.
Duodecimo 14 x 8 cm. A-F12. First and only edition. This copy is bound in its original full calf binding sewn on white alum tawed supports. This copy would best described as tatty, the edges are fragil and some pages have tears, not effecting legibility. It collates complete yet the title calls for ‘sculptures’ of the five recorded copies only the Sloan copy seems to have any plates and that is The folded plate is a frontispiece captioned ‘Kitchin Physition’ with the undated imprint of Samuel Lee.
Extremely Rare five copies located worldwide: British Library, Oxford, Sloan collection,& U> Huntington Library, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Here from the Authors preface:
I Have here set before your view, a prospect of the rich Garden of Nature, adorned with nothing but its own simple qualities; which at first was not obliged to any of the Learned to Translate it into Galenical Compositi∣ons, or any Artificial Experiments, but was made use on by our fore-Fathers, for their relief in Sickness and Malady, long before Physick was brought into a Professi∣on, and the Professors of it courted by the Ignorant, when they received (in ordinary and common Distempers) little more than a bare Complement from them, save one∣ly referring them to their Mother Nature, the true and original Healer of such Di∣seases. And although this small Attempt may receive Opposition from some mean∣spirited Physitians, whose Interest may be invaded by the Publication of it, and who are Impostors of Physick, with pretended Universal Medicines: Yet my design is, (though bred up a Physitian) to leave this as a Legacy to my Country, before my gray hairs go down to the Grave, purely to make them their own Physitians in ca∣ses not dubious, nor requiring the utmost improvement of Nature, into a well-digested and consulted conclusion of Art.
Here is an example of a ‘cure’
12. To take away Pockholes, and make the skin smooth. Take of the Oyl of St. Johns-herb one ounce, Venetian Turpentine half an ounce; melt it in a glazed pot, and as soon as it begins to boil, take it from the fire, and work it into a Salve; anoint therewith the scars and spots, continuing to do so till the holes be stopp’d. Or, take the stilled water of the white of Eggs, boyled hard with shells; of Snails, of Calves, of Weathers, of Goats-feet, of Bean-flour, Dragonwort, (i. e. Serpentaria.) These waters you shall use single, or mingled together, and with that bathe the face when you go to bed, having prepared the same with the steam or smoak of warm water: or, decoction of the chaff of Oats, Oyl of Dates, Flower-de-luce, Myrrha, (Pistacies.)
Or, take three Ounces of the Oyl of Flower-de-luce, Rosen, Capons-grease, of each one ounce; wash them well in Rose-water: add thereunto four whites of Eggs half boiled in their shells, Oyl of Sweet and Bitter Almonds planched, of each one ounce; pound them in a Marble Morter, mingling therewith a quarter of an ounce of the powder of Melon-seed; work it to a Salve.
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