College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Robert Pryor Richardson notes on the lectures of John Syng Dorsey, 1817 (10a-198)

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One volume (64 p.) of an incomplete set of notes on materia medica lectures delivered by John Syng Dorsey. Lectures are numbered 2-8; lecture 2 is dated 17 Nov. 1817. Topics covered include animal life, sympathy, nutrients, vegetable food (grains, roots, fruits), animal food (mutton, wild game, poultry, eggs, fish, shellfish, snake, turtle, milk, dairy products), cooking (pickling, soups, roasting, broiling, frying, stewing), and drinks.

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Secale

Pastry or that crust made by kneading up flour, fat or butter & water, makes one of the most indigestable of all aliments. Pies & tarts should always be forbid to the flatulent, dyspeptic et&c. The under crust of the pye is the most difficult of digestion. I have known a crust of this to remain a week in the stomach & very little changed. Boiled dough dumplings; is very difficult of digestion, in the philosophical transactions a case is recorded of the death from eating apple dumplings. Another evince is that pastry is always served up after dinner & hence when the stomach is almost exhausted with previous digestion a fresh burthen is imposed upon it.

Secale. Rye resembles wheat in its properties but contains more sugar & more spirit, hence its sweet taste, & you know the quantity of spirit made from it in every part of our country.

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Hordeum

wherever we find it distilled it becomes our duty as guardians of the public health to rise the voice of opposition against a practice so pernicious to our country. The cheapness of the stimulus makes it easily obtained by the lower class of people & incalculable mischief ensues.

Rye is also more ascescent than wheat. It is also more opening to the alimentary canal & often nothing but this requisite to cure costiveness. In prolapsus ani Rye mush is the best diet I know of—Dr Physic has seldom succeeded without this and as far as I know of is the author of the practice. Rye flour is one of the best materials for cataplasms. Hardeum Barley contains saccharins matter or else it is more easily evolved than any of the Cerealia. Dr Cullen says it is less nutritious than the others. It make bread but not so good. The gradation of different nutriments are nearly as follows—Water—toast & water

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barley water or gum arabic & water with sugar. Now all these are safe in common cases but in violent ones—I have known fever kept up in pleurisy by giving too much drink— Barley water contains a good deal of nutriments Pearl Barley is not so good as the common & the process of preperation by no means improves it, but on the contrary it is more likely to be subjected to chymical changes from which the husk protects —Orgza. Rice. - This differs from all the others in containing less ascescent matter. It is very nutritive & supports the people of the most popolous empires. In Dyspepsia, dysentary & Diarrhoea it is the best diet we can employ when well boiled. It has been supposed to possess astringent qualities, but for this there is little foundation. Dr Percival exposed the above articles to the process of fermentation and found that all went into the ascescent

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