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A FAMILY

MEDICINE DIRECTORY,

CONTAINING AN ALPHABETICAL

LIST OF DOMESTIC MEDICINES,

WITH THEIR

PROPERTIES AND DOSES

ATTACHED;

A SELECT PHARMACOPOEIA,

WITH RECIPES OF

GENERAL UTILITY FOR FAMILY PURPOSES, TO WHICH IS APPENDED,

A FAMILIAR ACCOUNT OF

DOMESTIC CHEMISTRY;

A DETAILED NOTICE OF REMEDIAL AGENTS IN GENERAL USE, OBSERVATIONS

ON THE PECULIARITIES OF LOCAL CLIMATE,

ON

BATHING,

THE TEMPERATURE OF BATHS, AND A VARIETY OF USEFUL INFORMATION,

ESPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR THE CLERGY, LADIES, AND HEADS OF FAMILIES, WHO BENEVOLENTLY SUPPLY THE POOR WITH

MEDICINES, IN THE ABSENCE OF PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE.

BY

CHARLES DINNEFORD, FAMILY CHEMIST TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN DOWAGER,

AND

H.R.H. THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE,
NEW BOND STREET, LONDON.

LONDON:
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND COMPANY.

1845.

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Wolverhampton : Printed by JOSEPH BRIDGEN, Darlington-street.

PREFACE.

THE Author of this little volume had two objects in view

one was to afford the instruction on Medicine generally, which is

essential to ensure strict adherence to the directions of the

medical attendant;—the other was to give private individuals

all necessary knowledge respecting those medicines which may

be kept in a family, and which may be administered at any time

without risk. The most judicious plan of professional treatment

may be devised, and the plainest directions for its fulfilment

may be delivered to the attendants of the sick room, but, without

more information on medical management than is at present

possessed by these attendants, little benefit can be anticipated

to the invalid. Some, perhaps, will consider that many of the

minute details given in the following pages are unnecessary;

but the writer felt, that on the correctness of these the value of

the book depended. Dr. Johnson thought “ there was nothing

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too little for so little a creature as man, and that by studying

little things, we attain the great art of having as little misery

and as much happiness as possible.”

Although a great portion of the work can be regarded only

as a compilation, yet it contains the result of many years of

attentive observation. The writer has had recourse to a large

mass of original information, and he trusts the book will prove

his diligence.

At all events, he entertains a hope that he has prepared

a work acceptable to those whose wants require it; and if such

be the case, his efforts are amply repaid.

172, New Bond-street,

April, 1845.

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