Friday, May 3, 2013

Surgeon-General Moore Suggests a Substitute for Quinine

Richmond, Va., December 5, 1863
Surg. R. POTTS,
Medical Purveyor, Macon, Ga.:
SIR: Below you will find a formula for a compound tincture of the indigenous barks to be issued as a tonic and febrifuge and substitute as far as practicable for quinine.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Surgeon-General C.S. Army
Dried dogwood bark, 30 parts; dried poplar bark, 30 parts; dried willow bark, 40 parts; whisky, 45 degrees strength; two pounds of the mixed bark to one gallon of whisky. Macerate fourteen days. Dose for tonic and anti-febrifuge purposes, one ounce three times a day.
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