Letter 0740

Jonathan Key to Hans Sloane – March 19, 1701/02

Item info

Date: March 19, 1701/02
Author: Jonathan Key
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4038
Folio: f. 315

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Patient Details

  • Patient info
    Name: N/A Unnamed
    Age:35 years old
  • Description
  • Diagnosis

    Sinuous ulcer on patient's back; emaciation; cough; spitting; stomach pain.

  • Treatment
    Previous Treatment:

    A scruple of Calomellano overnight, which Key purged in the morning. Mercury was also administered.

    Ongoing Treatment:

    The Calomellano and subsequent purge cured the stomach pains, but Key is still unsure of whether it was worms. The mercury had no apparent effect; it gave the patient no ease, and three days later, he developed diarrhea, the stools of which contained globuli like small potatoes. The patient felt much better after this voiding, 'thought himself in heaven', but continues to void the 'globuli'.

  • More information
  • Medical problem reference
    Worms, Stomach, Skin ailments, Pain, Injuries (includes wounds, sores, bruises), Coughs