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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 15 June 1762 n.s.
Dated 1762 d. 15 junii.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.

Illustri Praesidi Medicorum,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Vidi vestras lites et valde detestatus sum. Numquam in Patria fuere Medici infeliciores, numquam Chirurgi superbiores. Non didicere Tuae collegae canonem, quod qui vult regnare, languida regnet manu.

D[ominus] Forskåhl ausus in Aegypto herbationes instituere sub larva rustici, a nebulonibus terrae spoliatus vestibus, sed incolumis et nudus relictus rediit ad suos, sed nil amisit praeter fallaces larvas, quas corpori induxit, cum nihil secum in ejusmodi herbatione tulerat.

Vale et vive felix cum Tua!

Upsaliae 1762 d[ie] 15 junii.


Linnaeus has seen the disputes between medical doctors and surgeons, and he does not like what he sees. The surgeons are insolent, the doctors unhappy. The medical doctors have not learnt that you have to reign with a mild hand if you want to rule.

Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeusís student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had ventured to make excursions disguised as a farmer, but he had been attacked by beduins and robbed [Forsskål to Linnaeus, 2 April 1762Letter L3065]. However, he had only lost his dress, and he could returned unharmed to his comrades. He never has anything valuable about him on such excursions.


a. original (KVA). [1]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 101   p.101.