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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2274 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 2 December 1757 n.s.
Dated 1757 d. 2 December. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicorum optimo,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] p[lurimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Jam jam opus exegi et ad me ipsum redeo. Non est, quod doleat D[ominus] Salvius de hoc opusculo; crederem equidem facile illum numquam sub praelo sudasse cum absolutiore.

Arthritis duplex est: altera vaga illa scorbutica, altera illa, quam Podagram dicunt, tartarea. In priori solet asylum certissimum esse Fumaria; in posteriori vero forte unica hoc tempore sit Mandragora; sed hanc praescribere metuunt Medici, de dosi minus securi, cum non semper aeque recens obtineatur. Quod ad priorem fumariam attinet, illa in conserva vel infuso propinanda, cum diuturniore coctione vis castretur.

Audivi, quod in officinas vestras introducta sit Senna; quaeso, dicas mihi, quanti veneat ejus uncia. Stupendum nuper vidi ejus effectum in Pleuritide laborante.

Devota mea dicas Nobilissimae conjugi et dulcissimae haeredi.

Dabam Upsaliae 1757 d[ie] 2 Dec[embris].

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] D[octor]r BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has finished his work and is returning to a more normal life. He thinks that Lars SalviusSalvius, Lars (1706-1773).
Swedish. Printer, bookseller, publisher.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will not feel bad over the publications, which might be the most finished manuscripts he has worked with.

Linnaeus knows two kinds of arthritis, one connected with scurvy, the other with gout. In the former, Fumaria is a good remedy. The latter is cured with Mandragora, but doctors are afraid to use that. The dosage is somewhat vague since its strength depends on how fresh it is. The effect of Fumaria is damaged by prolonged boiling.

Linnaeus has heard that Senna has been introduced into the stock of the pharmacies. Linnaeus wants to know the price of an ounce. Linnaeus has seen its remarkable effects on pleurisy.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Bäcks wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
]and daughter [Margareta BäckBäck, Margareta
(1757-1758). Swedish. Daughter of Anna
Charlotta and Abraham Bäck.
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 35   p.35.