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The poor man's physician, or the receipts of the famous John Moncrief of Tippermalloch, 2nd edition.

Author John Moncrief
Title The poor man's physician, or the receipts of the famous John Moncrief of Tippermalloch, 2nd edition.
Imprint Edinburgh: George Stewart
Date of Publication 1716
Language English
Notes This is the rare second edition, "very much enlarged and corrected", of a self-help manual for men and women who were not sufficiently wealthy to afford a doctor. The contents of the work are arranged according to the various parts of the body and the particular diseases affecting them. The author, John Moncrief/Moncrieff/Moncreiff, a "worthy and ingenious gentleman", was a physician and 5th baronet of Tippermalloch in Strathearn, Perthshire. He recommends cures based on folk remedies, using herbs, spices, food, drink and other substances likely to be found in the average household, as well as toe-curlingly awful treatments involving animal parts, blood and excrement, such as washing the head in dog?s urine to make hair grow on bald heads. This particular copy has the armorial bookplate on the front pastedown "The Right Honble. Patrick Hume Earl of Marchmont Viscount of Blasonberry Lord Polworth of Polwarth &c Lord High Chancelor [sic] of Scotland 1702".
Shelfmark AB.1.216.62
Acquired on 09/09/16
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