Franklin Chase Clark, “A Contribution to the Study of Medicine“, Detroit Medical Journal, October 1877, Vol. 2. No.10. A long learned article from Lovecraft’s uncle (the nice one), on the emergence of medicine from the well of superstition…

“In an old medical work, published in London as long ago as 1711, and used as a vade mecum by students and practitioners generally, is the following prescription for the cure of stone. I give in its original spelling and crudeness :

“Take Blood of a Goat, four or five Pound ; the urine of a healthy young Lad and of a Goat, of each five or six Pints ; Wood-Lice, bruised, three pints ; Seeds of Parsley, Commin, Juniper Berries and black Radish Roots, of each four ounces ; Winter Cherries, number sixty or seventy; Herb arsemart. Parsley, Leaves of Birch, Rue and Burdock, of each two Handfulls ; Juice of Birch, Arsemart, Fenil and Wild Tansey, of each one Pint ; digest these together in a warm Place for four or five days. Then distil and draw off a Gallon or five Quarts, which keep close topped for use. Of this Liquor give two ounces with the like Quantity of good White Wine, every Morning, Noon and Night.”

This remarkable prescription without doubt, produced some, if not the desired, effect.”

He also touches for a page on alchemy, in an article on the history of antiseptics in early medicine.

In The Narragansett Historical Register (1888) he had an article “The Dubertus Caught” that went to quite some lengths to track down the mysterious Dubertus, a giant fish mentioned in whaling records.

In the Biliotheca Sacra journal (1908), he has a historical article “The Rise of the Toleration Movement”, tracing the rise of religious toleration.

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