Manuscript Compendium of Herbal Medicine, 18th century
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Brief Description:

18th century.  154 page compendium of herbal medicine, in manuscript, 8 vo., bound in contemporary vellum, titled "Medicamentos" on the front cover, and indexed.  The first blank page carries an inscription stating that the book was acquired in 1717 in the city of Santa Fé de Bogatá by Francisco de Herrera, who was a founding member of the Association of Shipowners of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. 

The text deals with a variety of topics including methods for diagnosing illness by taking a patient's pulse, a very popular procedure at the time, contained in a lengthy section entitled “Preliminary news on knowledge of pulses and the diseases that are manifest through its touch.”  Of greater interest is the compendium of herbal remedies in the last section of the manuscript describing a variety of New World and Spanish plants used to cure different diseases.  The manuscript was likely written by a medical doctor or by a priest with medical knowledge.  It surely was created by someone who visited and exchanged knowledge of herbal remedies with indigenous peoples in highland Colombia.

Held at:
The Latin American Library at Tulane
7001 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 5048655605
Email: chernand [at]
Record Series Number: Manuscripts/Collection 50/(63)
Volume: 1.0 Items
Acquired: 05/27/2014.
Arrangement: Hollinger Box 8, Folder 63
Access Restrictions: Open to the public. No known restrictions.
Subject Index
Health care, Colonial -- Colombia
Herbs -- Therapeutic use -- Colombia
Santa Fe de Bogatá
Traditional medicine -- Colombia
Genres/Forms of Material
Manuscripts, Colombian
Languages of Materials
Spanish;Castilian [spa]