George Washington owned both of these pamphlets, which describe medicinal treatments for various ailments. MAREDANT'S ANTISCORBUTIC DROPS contains testimonials of individuals who have been cured of scurvy and its related symptoms. EXPERIMENTS ON THE RED AND QUILL PERUVIAN BARK focuses on this popular eighteenth-century remedy for both epilepsy and malaria, and describes the pharmacological aspects and botanical and historical background of the tree. George Washington would have been familiar with the medicinal properties of Peruvian bark because, in 1771, it was used to treat his stepdaughter Martha "Patsy" Parke Custis, who suffered from epilepsy.

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Date

1781 and 1785


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Geography

  • Published - England
  • Published - Scotland

Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 8 3/4 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 3/4 in. (22.23 cm x 13.65 cm x 1.91 cm)


Credit

Gift of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., 2005
Conservation courtesy of the Roller-Bottimore Foundation


Signed

Title page to MAREDANT'S ANTISCORBUTIC DROPS, top right corner, in brown ink: Go: Washington
The title page to EXPERIMENTS ON THE RED AND QUILL PERUVIAN BARK is unsigned.


Object Number

ML-6426-W/B-C


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