Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: James Gibbon’s Memorandum on Treating Rheumatism, 9 September 1819


James Gibbon’s Memorandum on Treating Rheumatism

Sepr 9. 1819

Genl Wm Norths remedy for the Rheumatism sent by him to Majr Gibbon vizt

¼ to Nitre } these must be rubb’d in a mortar with a pint of sweet oil, till it has the consistence of soft pomatum, & rubb’d downward on the part affected—
¼ to Allum
½ to Chalk

Majr North speaks of this as having been a most efficacious remedy

J Gibbon has had no occasion to try it, having found a continuation1 of blistering to have been ye only effectuall remedy in his case, which was violent & of 4 Mos continuance

MS (MHi); entirely in Gibbon’s hand; dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Capt B. Peyton.”

to: “troy ounce.”

1Manuscript: “contination.”

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  • alum; medicinal use of search
  • chalk; medicinal use of search
  • Gibbon, James; Memorandum on Treating Rheumatism search
  • health; rheumatism search
  • household articles; alum search
  • medicine; alum search
  • medicine; blistering search
  • medicine; chalk search
  • medicine; niter search
  • medicine; sweet oil search
  • niter search
  • North, William; and rheumatism treatment search
  • oil; used in medicine search
  • rheumatism; J. Gibbon’s search
  • rheumatism; treatment for search