Thomas Short to Hans Sloane – March 9, 1729/30
Item infoDate: March 9, 1729/30 Author: Thomas Short Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4050 Folio: ff. 286-287
Short describes his use of tea in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery. The recipe for the tea is provided. There are several examples given of Short’s tea curing diarrhea, dysentery, and consumption. Thomas Short was a Scottish physician who settled in Sheffield. He traveled throughout England examining the medical effects of mineral waters and published works promoting their use in 1725 and 1766 (Norman Moore, Short, Thomas (c.16901772), rev. Patrick Wallis, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/25461, accessed 24 July 2013]).
Name: N/A Unnamed Gentlewoman
Age:25 years old.
The man has suffered from dysentery for three and a half years. He is 'a living skeleton confined to bed'.
The tea worked 'much sooner than Asses Milk or chocolate'.
Medical problem reference
Diarrhea, Diarrhea, Consumptions