University of Rochester Medical Center Update

Yes, I’m here, but nobody I know is ill.  I’ve been visiting their library’s special collections to view their collection of The Long-Lost Friend editions and reprints.

A book of charms and recipes seems to carry with it the assumption that the next person to publish it will include more such formulae to enhance its value to the reader.  This is indeed true of Hohman’s book; even Hohman, releasing what seems to have been the true “second” edition in 1828, included material at the end taken from local newspapers.  The nineteenth century publishers, authorized and pirating alike, added their own material, often leading to several different layers of appendices for all sorts of problems – wasp stings, wind-broken horses (note: find out what that means), and making flaxseed lemonade.   Reflecting the spirit of the nineteenth century in the United States, however, most of these are more “recipes” than “charms.”

I did find one exception – a pirated edition released during Hohman’s lifetime.  Previous commentators have dismissed it as a cheap knockoff, and it is, for the most part.  Nonetheless, it also has a large number of actual charms in the back for all manner of purposes.

Of course, I’d like to collect and include as much of these as possible, and it’s been a fruitful day in that regard.

Published in: on March 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Hello Dan,

    A wind-broke horse, also called “heaves,” is a horse that coughs or heaves after hard work. My grandfather owned a horse ranch and if I remember correctly it’s caused by dust or mold in their feed or environment. I believe it’s treatable to some degree, but is mostly incurable. Anyhow, you may find more info searching for heaves in horses.

    • Hmmm. I guess all that myrrh and saffron would have been wasted…

      • Not to mention the licorice. Mmmm… licorice.

  2. Myrrh and saffron are both antibiotic and antifungal, so they might indeed work for this kind of lung thing in a horse, esp. because essential oils, which both myrrh and saffron have in spades, usually exit the body through the lungs. This makes them esp. effective for lung crud. Licorice is good for digestion in people; not sure about horses. But if the cough were caused by acid reflux (which happens for a lot of people), licorice would help, as it is ace for acid reflux.

    • Harry,

      Many thanks! I do want to delve into some of the herbal remedies presented in the book, but right now I’m just starting to get a sense for what’s in there. Based upon both your comments, would I be right in concluding that the myrrh and saffron mix would only provide temporary relief?


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