Letter 3730

Thomas Short to Hans Sloane – March 9, 1729/30

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Date: March 9, 1729/30
Author: Thomas Short
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4050
Folio: ff. 286-287

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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]).

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