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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Petter Jonas Bergius, 9 September 1758 n.s.
Dated 1758 d. 9 Sept.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus says, that it will be difficult for him to answer two such questions from 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.
right away, without first listening to the Authorities, which is impossible because of the hurry.

It is clear that the French made Ipecacuanha known at the beginning of this century. When it came into general use with us, however, is difficult to say. Linnaeus remembers a list of new medicines from 1726, including Ipecacuanha. He had admired this gruesome word.

Elaterium has been in use a long time. It was prepared from cucumber seeds. Modern Elaterium is something very different. Here Linnaeus loses himself in a very vague and confused discussion involving Hieronimo CapivaccioCapivaccio, Hieronimo (-1589.).
Italian. Professor of medicine, Padua.
as well as Thomas SydenhamSydenham, Thomas (1624-1689).
British. Physician, often referred to as
the "English Hippocrates".
Emphasised observations, clinical
experience and the classifying of
diseases (nosology).
and Martin ListerLister, Martin (1638-1712).
British. Naturalist.
without shedding light on Elaterium


a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, II, 519).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 134-135   p.134  p.135.