THE JESUATTI BOOK OF REMEDIES


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This digital edition enables online browsing and searching of the full English-language text and scanned page images of the book.

The Jesuatti Book of Remedies is a compilation of medical remedies that the friars of the Order of Saint Jerome used to cure the sick and to care for the human body in the 16th Century and earlier. Compiled sometime before 1562 by friar Giovanni Andrea from Brescia, Italy, the book is organized according to the condition for which the remedy was used, whether the remedy was a galenical mixture of herbs, a distillate using the alchemical methods employed by the friars, or a prayer. A few remedies were incantations or amulets to protect against an illness or harm.

The handwritten manuscript is preserved in the rare book collection of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library of the University of Kansas.

The work was transcribed, translated into English, and notated by Stata Norton, Emeritus Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, University of Kansas Medical Center.

This digital edition enables online browsing and searching of the full English-language text and scanned page images of the book. The digital edition also includes an extensive glossary of plants, animals, and minerals mentioned in the recipes, along with explanatory footnotes and a preface prepared by Professor Norton.

The online edition was prepared by Digital Publishing Services, a service of KU Libraries' Center for Digital Scholarship, which provides support to the University of Kansas community for the design, management and distribution of online publications, including journals, conference proceedings, monographs and other scholarly content.

Planned Enhancements:

  • Addition of high-resolution versions of all scanned page images.
  • Addition of transcription of the original Italian text.