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An Inaugural Dissertation, on the Chemical and Medical Properties of the Persimmon Tree, ..., 1792

James Woodhouse discusses the chemical properties and use of the Persimmon in medicine, arts, and spirits in his inaugural dissertation. The author details how to prepare the juice of unripe persimmon fruit for making its gum resin that can be used as power, in pills, or in tincture. Woodhouse outlines various medicinal uses of the permission combined with other plants or solvents for treating intermittent fever, piles (hemorrhoids), abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding, and dysentery, among many other ailments. He includes the use of persimmon in the arts for leather tanning and making dye and ink. The final two pages contain instructions on how to make persimmon wines/spirits and breads.

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

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