Pharmacopoeia Collegii Regalis Medicorum Londinensis (1746)

Henry Plumptre, (1680-1746)


Pharmacopoeia Collegii Regalis Medicorum Londinensis (1746)

Henry Plumptre, (1680-1746)

According to Art UK (,  "Henry Plumptre  was educated at Cambridge University, and became a physician at St Thomas’s Hospital in London. He held many offices at the Royal College of Physicians, London, including the presidency for six successive years. During this time, he contributed to the revision and improvement of the fifth 'Pharmacopoeia Londinensis', published in 1746. The 'Pharmacopoeia Londinensis', or 'London Dispensary', was originally published by Nicholas Culpepper in 1653. It provided the general public with information about medicines and theories of health and healing that were previously only known to members of the RCP. Because physicians in London could charge a lot of money for their services, books such as the 'Pharmacopoeia Londinensis' enabled the members of the public who could not afford to visit a physician to have a better understanding of their health."

Between 1746 and 1851, the Pharmacopoeia (London Dispensary) had seen 31 more editions. It contains the compounded medications used at the London Royal Medical College. Written in Latin, edited by Henry Plumptre and reviewed by Robert Nesbitt, Abraham Hall, William Bedford, and Thomas Addams. This was the last edition before Plumptre's death in the same year. The 200-page document contains precise recipes and the exact ways of their preparation.

Purchased from Barter Books Ltd. Alnwick, North, United Kingdom, the copy is an Ex Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Library Copy. The boards and spine are detached.

Editorial notes by Andrew I Spielman.

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