Letter 0619

John Chamberlayne to Hans Sloane – July 3, 1700

Item info

Date: July 3, 1700
Author: John Chamberlayne
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4038
Folio: ff. 30-31

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John Chamberlayne was a translator and editor specializing in modern languages which he studied at the University of Leiden. He translated works on many topics, was a fellow of the Royal Society, and published three works in the Philsophical Transactions (Reavley Gair, Chamberlayne, John (1668/91723), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2009 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/5060, accessed 30 May 2011]).

Patient Details

  • Patient info
    Name: N/A John Chamberlayne
  • Description
  • Diagnosis

    Teeth are 'loose and corrupted'.

  • Treatment
    Previous Treatment:

    A kind of 'tooth-candling' done by Mr. Upton, using heat and smoke to remove rheum from the gums and extracting up to 60 worms from the teeth (although in this case, only 10 or 12). Chamberlayne directs Sloane to Leeuwenhoek's missive on tooth worms from 12 September 1683 for more information.

    Ongoing Treatment:

    While Chamberlayne claims worms were removed from his teeth, he gives no indication of whether this actually helped.

  • More information
  • Medical problem reference
    Worms, Teeth, Pain