Letter 1500

E.W. to Hans Sloane – May 22, 1735

Item info

Date: May 22, 1735
Author: E.W.
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4075
Folio: f. 85

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Patient Details

  • Patient info
    Name: N/A E.W.
  • Description

    Weak constitution. Suffered nocturnal pollutions for last seven years. Had masturbated regularly for several years. At age of 2, had a hernia. Also had hectic heats and flushings in the afternoon when he walked

  • Diagnosis

    Sloane noted a prescription for bleeding, balsamic electuary and pills.

  • Treatment
    Previous Treatment:

    Took medicines for two and a half years. These included astringent electuaries, balsamic emulsions and apozems in winter. Also too two pills a day. In summer, tried cold bathing alternating with the medicines.

    Ongoing Treatment:

    Taking 60 drops of steel tincture in water three times a day. Also taking milk at breakfast and supper or, sometimes, gruel in the morning and bread and butter at night, with milk.


    Earlier treatment did not help. Current treatment did not agree with him. Milk seems to give him phlegm. Asked Sloane for prescriptions and regimen.

  • More information
  • Medical problem reference
    Childhood Diseases, Genitals, Kidney, Venereal complaints