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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, February? 1759 n.s.
Dated . Sent from () to (). Written in Latin.

Amico Dulcissimo,
D[omino] D[octori] Archiatro BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Doleo, quod lactationis negotium non successerit matri optimae; vel affectus vel alia caussa remota acidum procul dubio caussavit. Des, quaeso, Nobilissimae Conjugi sudoriferum et discedat facile symptoma, quod restat in Mammis.

Nollem nominares quidquam de sexu plantarum, cum vivat etiamnum D[ominus] Wallin, ne crabrones irritentur; nostine facile, quam periculosum sit Suecos irritare.

Si tumor in mamma non recedat, 3 j albi graeci mixta cum Robe Sambuci pro sudorifero, sacra mihi semper fuit anchora, nec facile fefellit umquam, nisi malum antiquatum.

Vale optime cum optima!


Linnaeus is sorry that Abraham BäckísBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
] has trouble with breast-feeding. He thinks it may be due to several reasons, one of them psychic. He suggests that Bäck gives her something that produces sweating to take away the tendency for the milk to stay in the breasts.

Linnaeus suggests that Bäck says nothing of the sex of plants as long as Wallin [presumably Georg Wallin the YoungerWallin the Younger, Georg
(1686-1760). Swedish. Bishop and
antiquarian. Went on a tour to Germany,
Holland and England in 1708-1710 and to
France in 1720-1723. University
librarian at Uppsala, professor of
theology 1726, superintendent at Visby
in 1735, in 1744bishop of Gothenburg.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] is still alive. That could stir up a hornetís nest. Bäck should know how dangerous it is to irritate Swedes.

If the swelling of her breasts does not disappear, Bäck should give her Album Graecum mixed with Robes Sambuci as a preparation to produce sweating. This is a treatment that Linnaeus has used several times, and it has never failed if the disturbance is still recent.


a. original (KVA). [1]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 62   p.62.