Main content

Nathaniel C. Husted pharmaceutical recipe book


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

One of six children born in Greenwich, Connecticut to Nathaniel and Mary E. Husted. Nathiel C. Husted graduated as a physician from the Medical Department of the University of the City of New York in 1850 and promptly began his medical practice. Husted was a surgeon in New York at St. Luke's Dispensary and the police department. During the Civil War, Husted was assigned to Fort Monroe as a surgeon and treated wounded soldiers. He was a senior member of the Amercan Medical Association and a founder of the New York State Medical Association. He later moved to Tarrytown, New York. Husted married Deborah Farichild in 1853 and they had one daughter.

A small, leather-bound volume comprised of medicinal formulas for variety of illnesses. The volume includes pharmaceutical recipes for antiseptics, bitters, draughts, drops, electuaries, lineaments, mixtures, ointments, pills, plasters, powders, and ungents. The formulas provide remedies for various ailments and diseases. Some of these include burns, colds, coughs, digestion, dropsy, dysentery, eye ailments, fevers, gonorrhea, heart burn, hysterics, kidney hemorrhages, nervous diseases, prolapse, rheumatism, skin ailments, sore breasts, syphilis, and ulcers. There are numerous and varied recipes for gonorrhea. Named formulas include Godfrey's cordial, Hall's physic, Hooper's female pills, Lee's celebrated patent, Seidlitz powders, and Van Buren drops. There are a few preparations for toiletries including cold creams, colognes, lip salve, and tooth powders. A few household recipes for blacking, ink, and varnishes are included. Some formulas to treat ailments of horses are at the end of the volume. One page and the last gathering are detached. Covers are loose. On cover: Dr. N. C. Husted recipes 1850.

Sold by Ten Pound Island Book Company (Gloucester, Massachusetts), 2018.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Donna Brandolisio
Finding Aid Date
January 2019
Access Restrictions

Access to this item is subject to staff review.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Collection Inventory

Request to View Materials

Materials can be requested by first logging in to Aeon. Then, click on the ADD button next to any containers you wish to request. When complete, click the Request button.

Request item to view
Nathaniel C. Husted pharmaceutical recipe book, 1850.
Volume 1

Print, Suggest