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Link: • Jakob Jakobsson Boethius to Carl Linnaeus, 17 November 1746 n.s.
Dated 6 9:br. 1746. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Jakob Jakobsson BoethiusBoethius, Jakob Jakobsson
(1690-1748). Swedish. Municipal
physician in Gothenburg, poet.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
writes to Linnaeus to thank him for a letter from which Boethius assumes Linnaeus will assist him in publishing Boethius’s observations in the transactions of the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
, i.e. in the Acta societatis regiae scientiarum Upsaliensis Acta societatis regiae
scientiarum Upsaliensis
]. He will continue to send his observations of interest to Linnaeus. He describes the placement of the clot of blood and says that the stones were large as peas, rounded and the colour was brown or blackish yellow. It would be interesting to have them opened after death. He writes that he has asked for some more stones that will be forwarded to Linnaeus.

Boethius writes that he can now give more information about the worm in the bottle. The wife of a farmer had suffered from worms in her stomach that kept her vomiting. Boethius noticed that it was not ordinary worms and he asked the woman to visit him. He gave her an emetic made from lukewarm water and leaves from Blessed Thistle. The vomited worms were sent to Linnaeus. Boethius asked the woman if all the vomited worms looked the same and the answer was yes. He gave her some of the Blessed Thistle leaves to drink when she felt sick and to inform Boethius if she had seen more worms. However, she has not returned and Boethius supposes she does not want to pay for the treatment.


a. original holograph (UUB, Vetenskapssoc arkiv).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 290-291   p.290  p.291.