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Author: Hester, John, d. 1593.
Title: The pearle of practise, or Practisers pearle, for phisicke and chirurgerie. Found out by I. H. (a spagericke or distiller) amongst the learned obseruations and prooued practises of many expert men in both faculties. Since his death it is garnished and brought into some methode by a welwiller of his.
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Print source: The pearle of practise, or Practisers pearle, for phisicke and chirurgerie. Found out by I. H. (a spagericke or distiller) amongst the learned obseruations and prooued practises of many expert men in both faculties. Since his death it is garnished and brought into some methode by a welwiller of his.
Hester, John, d. 1593., [Fourestier, James],

At London: Printed by Richard Field, dwelling in the Black-friers, 1594.
Alternate titles: Pearle of practise Practisers pearle, for phisicke and chirurgerie.
I.H. = John Hester.
Editor's dedication signed: Iames Fourestier.
Pages 64-67 missing in number only; text unaffected.
Reproduction of the original in the British Library.
Subject terms:
Medicine -- Early works to 1800.
Medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions -- Early works to 1800.

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TO THE FAMOVS MECAENAS, OF ALL GOOD LEARNING, HIS HONORABLE GOOD PATRONE, SIR GEORGE CAREY, Knight, Knight Mareschall of her Maiesties hous∣hold, Gouernour of the Isle of Wight, &c. Health of soule and bodie, be mul∣tiplied for euer and euer.
A NOTE OF SVCH PREPARED SIM∣ples, and compositions, as are mentioned in this booke: with other things, not mentioned therein, whereof there is par∣ticular vse in Phisicke and Chirurgerie, and are to be had at the house of Iames Fourestier aforesayd.
The names of the seuerall kindes of Saltes.
Oyles of Herbes as of
A NOTE OF THE DIVERS KINDS of compositions as followeth.
A TABLE OF ALL THE PRINCIPALL matters contained in the Collection.
Secōnd part of the Collection.
The first part of the supple∣ment, or Appendix, &c.
The second part of the Appendix, &c.
Faultes escaped in the Printing.
part 1
CHAP. I What the dutie of an expert Chirurgian is.
CHAP. II The cure of all manner of vvoundes in generall.
CHAP. III. The cause vvhy vvounds cannot heale quicklie.
CHAP. IIII. Of vvoundes in the head, how they must be dealt vvithall.
CHAP. V The healing of a greeuous vvound on the side of the head.
CHAP. VI. A daungerous vvound in the head, cured in fiue dayes.
CHAP. VII. The cure of a vvound, on the eare to the scull.
CHAP. VIII. How three vvounds in the head, vvith fracture of the bone or scull vvere healed by I. P.
CHAP. IX. Of contused vvounds on the head or other parts of the bodie.
CHAP. X. A contused vvound in the head, healed by I. P.
CHAP. XI. A vvound in the head, vvith fracture of the scull, cured by I. P.
CHAP. XII. To heale vvoundes speedily.
CHAP. XIII. To heale vvounds, by shot, or launce.
CHAP. XIIII. A most singular and vvonderfull remedie, to heale vvoundes quicklie.
CHAP. XV. A vvound in the eye, vvith a splinter, healed by W. H.
CHAP. XVI. A pricke in the eye, vvith a knife, healed by W. H.
Another cure performed in like manner by W. H.
CHAP. XVII. An hand flat squatted, and contused, healed by W. H.
CHAP. XVIII. A vvou or puncture thorough the arme. I. P.
CHAP. XIX. Fiue vvoundes in the brest.
CHAP. XX. The healing of sore mouthes.
CHAP. XXI. An Vlcer in the vpper lippe.
CHAP. XXII. An Vlcer in the throte, ex morbo Gallico.
CHAP. XXIII. The healing of a scald head.
Another cure performed vpon a scald head.
CHAP. XXIIII. An Vlcer on the thombe.
CHAP. XXV. An Vlcerated legge swolne.
CHAP. XXVI. Two putrified Ʋlcers on the legge healed by I. P.
CHAP. XXVII. Three Vlcers in the legge, healed by W. H.
CHAP. XXVIII. The cure of old rotten sores by W. R.
CHAP. XXIX. The healing of vlcers, in most parts of the bodie: but chieflie in the head by W. H.
CHAP. XXX. The healing of scabs, like the leprosie, by G. M.
CHAP. XXXI. The healing of a child, that vvas full of vlcers, comming of the pockes.
CHAP. XXXII. A cancer cured by an old Empericke.
CHAP. XXXIII. The healing of pockie pustules, vvith Serpigo by W. H.
CHAP. XXXIIII. A tetter or ringworme, cured by W. K.
CHAP. XXXV. A man cured, that vvas full of tetters.
CHAP. XXXVI. Tetters in vvomens breastes, oftentimes cured as followeth,
CHAP. XXXVII. The healing of Shingles.
CHAP. XXXVIII. The breaking of a plague sore, by W. K.
CHAP. XXXIX. Scabs and itch, vvith small pustules, taken quite away by I. H.
CHAP. XL. Three deepe fistulaes in the breast, cured by W. T.
The mundificatiue ointment vvas this.
CHAP. XLI. The cure of Lichen, or Impetigo, by M. K.
CHAP. XLII. A great vvenne taken away by, W. H.
THE SECOND PART CONCERNING THE CVRES OF INTERNALL DISEASES. Thus much brieflie, in these short Chapters, is expressed and declared, concerning vvoundes and vlcers: vvheresoeuer they be, or howsoeuer they arise. By vvhich examples, the learned artist, may vndertake other things, vvhich are not here mentioned. But in any case, let him be aduised by the vvise Phisitian, in his businesse, vvhen there is any difficul∣tie and not runne by and by to his receit or experiment. It followeth now (in manner aforesaid) to set down the obser∣ued practises of those that haue cured internall diseases, vvhich haue taken effect, and brought forth syntomes, outwardlie or inwardlie.
CHAP. I. Of the cure of grieuous aches, and payne, performed, by W. H.
CHAP. II. The healing of aches, comming of the pockes, by W. H.
CHAP. III. A notable experience, of a medecine that hath brought great ease, to any great ache or paine, as of the gout or otherwise.
CHAP. IIII. A particular vvay vvhereby the paine of the gout is soone eased or preuented, S. N.
CHAP. V. The cure of goutes, and all aches, comming of heate, by L. F.
CHAP. VI. The remedie against the Scorbute or Scuruie, and the goute, by W. T.
CHAP. VII. Tumors in all partes of the bodie, taken away, by R. A.
CHAP. VIII. Swelling of the coddes mitigated and resolued, by R. A.
Another for the same.
CHAP. IX. The cure of a painfull Ischiatica, by I. H.
CHAP. X. An excellent remedie, against the crampe, proued often, by R. G.
CHAP. XI. Contraction or shrinking of sinewes, vvith consump∣tion of the partie, holpen, by W. H.
CHAP. XII. The cure of one, vvhose necke vvas drawen awrie, performed, by W. T.
Another of the same, by W. T.
CHAP. XIII. The Squinancie cured by I. P.
CHAP. XIIII. The cure of Alopecia, by I.P.
CHAP. XV. A gargarisme to purge the head, by I. S.
CHAP. XVI. The Pinne and Web, cured by M. R.
CHAP. XVII. A water for sore eyes, prooued by M. E.
Another maner or vvaie, to heale the Pinne and Webbe in the eyes.
CHAP. XVIII. The staying of the bleeding at the nose, done hy M. R.
Another for the same. I. H.
Another kinde of curing the same, performed by D. B.
Another vvay.
Other waies to do the same.
CHAP. XIX. Spatting of bloud stayed, by I. H.
Another for the same.
CHAP. XX. The falling downe of the Vuula, and the inflamation of the Almonds, in such sort, that they could not swallow their meat, nor fetch their breath well, cured by W. T.
CHAP. XXI. The cure of the hicket, by W. B.
CHAP. XXII. The falling sicknesse cured, by W. H.
Another performed by I. H.
CHAP. XXIII. The cure of the Iaundies, by I. P.
Another for the same, by W. H.
Another way, by the same Person VV. H.
The cure of the Iaundies, with obstruction of the menstrues, performed by VV. H.
CHAP. XXIIII. The healing and cure of great windinesse in the stomacke by I. H.
CHAP. XXV. Cough of the lungs, cured by W. T. after this maner.
Another cured by W. T. which had also a sore stitch in the side.
CHAP. XXVI. Shortnesse of breath, with a cough, remedied by M. R.
Another remedie for shortnesse of breath.
CHAP. XXVII. An approoued remedie to slaie vomiting, by M. R.
To staie vomiting of bloud.
To stay vomiting, another waie.
CHAP. XXVIII. Vomiting of bloud, with a cruell fluxe of the bellie, staied by M. R.
Vomiting ioyned with a Feauer.
CHAP. XXIX. A great and sore plurisie cured, by M. R.
Plurisie, with spatting of bloud, cured by M. R.
Plurisie, with inflammation of the tongue, and costiuenesse of the bodie. M. R.
Plurisie in a woman cured.
Another woman cured of the same disease, by M.R.
The Diaphoreticall decoction.
A plurisie broken with a potion.
Another cured in this manner.
CHAP. XXIX. An inward impostume, or bastard plurisie, cured by W. M.
Paine in the side with a cough, cured by W.T. after this manner.
CHAP. XXXI. Paine and winde in the bodie, cured by I. H.
The expelling of winde out of the bodie, by L. F.
CHAP. XXXII. The cure of the Dropsie, performed by W. T.
CHAP. XXXIII The killing and expelling of wormes in the stomacke or elsewhere, by I. H.
CHAP. XXXIIII. A quartaine of long continuance, cured by L. F.
CHAP. XXXV. An approoued remedie against the pestilence, plurisie, and quartaine.
CHAP. XXXVI. The swelling of the spleene, in a melancholick person, cured by W. T.
CHAP. XXXVII. Franticke feauers, for want of sleepe, often cured by I. P.
Pestilent feauers, with great thirst cured, by I. H.
CHAP. XXXVIII. Against poison, or the Pestilence, a diaphoreticall potion, by W. T.
CHAP. XXXIX. Signes of death in the Plague. W. K.
CHAP. XL. Counsell, antidotes, and preseruatiues, against infectious aires, on the water, or land, by W. T.
CHAP. XLI. An inueterate Gonorrhaea, either in man or woman, oftentimes cured, by W. T.
An other for the same. W. T.
An electuarie against Gonorrhaea, by W. T.
CHAP. XLII. The immoderate sluxe menstruall, suppressed or stared, by W. T.
Another against the same.
CHAP. XLIII. A Fluxe stopped by G. F.
Bloudie Fluxe of long continuance, cured by W. T.
CHAP. XLIIII. The cure of the Hemerrhoides or Piles, performed by I. H. And many other.
The cure of Ficus in ano, ex lue venerea, performed by I. P.
CHAP. XLV. The prouoking of menstrues, by I. H.
To prouoke menstrues, in melancholike people. W. H.
CHAP. XLVI. Suffocation and paynes of the Matrix, with retention of menstrues, cured, by I. P.
Another that hath cured, the rising of the mother, by R. C.
CHAP. XLVII. To prouoke vrine, and to cause the Iaundies to flow. W. K.
CHAP. XLVII. To prouoke Vrine, and to heale other obstructions, a most excellent, and procued receit, by I. H. and many other.
part 1
CHAP. I. Of payne in the head.
CHAP. II. Of the Catarrhe, and rume in the head.
The second course, to cure the descension: that commeth from the head to the stomacke.
A contusion in the head.
The taking away, or healing of the white scall.
Payne in the eyes with great dimnesse of sight.
An vnguent for sore eyes.
To cure or stay the spatting of bloud.
The description and cure of the Squinancie.
The description and manifold cures, of the disease called Scrophulae, or for unculi, which some do call waxing kernels, but rather the kings euill.
Another cure for Scrophulae.
Another for the same.
Another against Scrophulae.
CHAP. IIII. Of Panaricium, or Panaricies, called the whit blow.
CHAP. V. Of greeuotu vlcers, in womens breasts.
CHAP. VI. Of the disease called Asthma, and the cure thereof.
CHAP. VII. To know the Dropsie confirmed in a man the cure whereof, is shewed in the xxxij. Chapter of the second part of the Collection.
CHAP. VIII. An excellent remedie, against the Wormes.
CHAP. IX. Of the hardnesse of the milt, and the cure thereof.
Another remedie, very effectuall, for the former disease.
CHAP. X. Of the Gonorrhaea, or running of the raynes, and the cure.
CHAP. XI. Of the Hemerhoides, and their cure.
Of the diuers sortes, and diuers effectes of the Hemerhoides, and their cure.
CHAP. XII. Of the cure of such, as were troubled with suffocation of the Matrix.
CHAP. XIII. To cure a rupture in the beginning.
Another for the same.
CHAP. XIIII. Of retention of Vrine, and the cure thereof.
CHAP. XV. A most excellent remedie to cure the difficultie of vrine.
Another often proued.
Retention of the Vrine, with stitch in the side.
CHAP. XVI. The swelling of the legge, and foote, cured in manner following.
CHAP. XVII. Of Chilblaines and their cures.
CHAP. XVIII. Of Cornes on the feete, and the manner to take them away.
CHAP. XIX. Of an infirmitie that commeth on the fingers ends, and in the feete, vnder the nayles, and the cure of it.
CHAP. XX. Of Erisipela, and the cure thereof.
CHAP. XXI. The cure of Wartes.
THE SECOND PART OF THE APPENDIX OR ADDI∣TION, VNTO THIS COLLECTION, contayning the vse and vertues, of sundry vegetables, animals, &c. gathered out of the Phisickes, of St Leonardo Phiorauante.
CHAP. I. Of the vse and vertues, of Ebulus or Danewort.
CHAP. II. Of Elleborus niger, and the vse thereof.
CHAP. III. Of the vse and vertues of the herbe called Gratia Dei, a kinde of Geranium in English blew Storkes bill.
CHAP. IIII. Of Rubarb, and his vertues.
CHAP. V. Of Tithymale, and his vertues.
CHAP. VI. Of Soldanella, and his vertues.
CHAP. VII Of Cyperus, and his vertues.
CHAP. VIII. Of Elder, and his vertues.
CHAP. IX. Of the vertues and vse of Tabaco.
CHAP. X. Of sweet Margerom, and his vertues.
CHAP. XI. Of Persicaria, his vse and vertues.
CHAP. XII. Of man, and the medecines that are made of him.
CHAP. XIII. Of an henne, and the Phisicall vse thereof.
CHAP. XIIII. Of Eeles, and the medicinall vse them.
CHAP. XV. Of the Barbill, and to what vse she serueth in medecine.
CHAP. XVI. Of Bees, and their medecinall vse.
CHAP. XVII. Of frogges, and their vse.
CHAP. XVIII. Of Centumpedes, called in English, Sowes.
CHAP. XIX. Of the resine or gumme, called Tacca Mahacca, and the vse thereof.
CHAP. XX. Of the gumme Carrana, and the medecinall properties of it.
CHAP. XXI. Of liquide Amber, and the medecinall vertues thereof.