Letter 0052

Thomas Hoy to Hans Sloane – May 18, 1701

Item info

Date: May 18, 1701
Author: Thomas Hoy
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4075
Folio: ff. 262-263

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Thomas Hoy (1659-1721) was a physician. He was admitted a Candidate of the Royal College of Physicians in 1693 (C. J. Robinson, ‘Hoy, Thomas (b. 1659, d. in or after 1721)’, rev. Michael Bevan, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/14008, accessed 15 June 2015]).

Patient Details

  • Patient info
    Name: N/A Mary Somerset (nee Sackville), Duchess of Beaufort
    Gender: Female
  • Description

    Insomnia, yellow and brown spots in front of her eyes unconnected to any eye disease. Had always been subject to spleen and vapours along with sinkings when her stomach was empty and heartburn. She would often lose blood and was inclined to constipation. Inclined to lose spirit.

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
    Previous Treatment:

    Sloane had prescribed bitters, chalybeate and Bath waters, which she had taken for some time.

    Ongoing Treatment:

    She relied on purgatives too much, especially since she had been using laudanum for her sleep.


    Sloane's remedies had helped some. She was not yet cured and still in distress. The author detailed his proposed treatment.

  • More information
  • Medical problem reference
    Stomach, Emotions, Vapours, Urinary, Spleen, Eyes, Constipation, Insomnia