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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2000 • Carl Linnaeus to Petter Jonas Bergius, 16 January 1756 n.s.
Dated 16 Jan. 1756.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

upSUMMARY

In Holland, Linnaeus writes to Petter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
all practicians grumble about morbi cutanei, which causes them much concern. Patients seem to think that such a simple complaint could easily be cured.

Consequently, Linnaeus advises Bergius from taking the case. Severe complications frequently follow. The bishopís [Engelbert HaleniusHalenius, Engelbert
(1700-1767). Swedish. Bishop of Skara,
politician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] brother [Laurentius König HaleniusHalenius, Laurentius König
(1705-1755). Swedish. Vicar of Tuna and
Stafby.
], had to pay with his life for a trial to treat ringworm. Linnaeus advised against it, but the patient insisted on several treatments, and was eventually cured, but died 8 days later.

Linnaeus lists some of the remedies he has tried against skin affections more or less successfully.

He encloses information about a subscription for Charles PlumierísPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
works.
works [Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]Plumier, Charles Plantarum
Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]
continens plantas, quas olim C.
Plumierius [...] detexit, eruitque,
atque in insulis Antillis ipse depinxit.
Has primum in lucem edidit, concinnis
descriptionibus & observationibus,
aeneisque tabulis illustravit J.
Burmannus
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, III, 234).

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 130-131   p.130  p.131.