A Treatise on the Chemical, Medicinal, and Physiological Properties of Creosote: Illustrated by Experiments on the Lower Animals: with Some Considerations on the Embalment of the Egyptians. Being the Harveian Prize Dissertation for 1836
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Page 49 - The Egyptian mummies, which Cambyses or time hath spared, avarice now consumeth. Mummy is become merchandise, Mizraim cures wounds, and Pharaoh is sold for balsams.
Page 30 - And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odors and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him.
Page 48 - Tis true : there's magic in the web of it : A sibyl, that had number'd in the world The sun to course two hundred compasses, In her prophetic fury sew'd the work ; The worms were hallow'd that did breed the silk ; And it was dyed in mummy which the skilful Conserved of maidens
Page 21 - Having sewed up the body, it is covered with nitre for the space of seventy days, which time they may not exceed. At the end of this period it is washed, closely wrapped in bandages of cotton, dipped in a gum which the Egyptians use as a glue.
Page 152 - During my residence as Political Agent on the Red Sea, a conversation with some Bedouin Arabs, in the vicinity of Mocha, led me to suspect that the principal ingredient used by the ancient Egyptians in the...
Page 21 - Ethiopian stone make an incision in the side, through which they extract the intestines ; these they cleanse thoroughly, washing them with palm-wine, and afterwards covering them with pounded aromatics : they then fill the body with powder of pure myrrh, cassia, and all other perfumes, except frankincense. Having sown up the body, it is covered with nitre...
Page 152 - ... of criminals sent from the distant provinces to the seat of government. The tar is obtained from the branches of a small tree, or shrub, exposed to a considerable degree of heat ; and found in most parts of Syria, and Arabia Felix.
Page 152 - The best informed among the native Arabs think that large quantities of camphor, myrrh, aloes, and frankincense, were used ; these specimens will, however, prove that such were by no means necessary ; as the tar, when applied alone, penetrates and discolours the bone.
Page 22 - Minas [about £62 10«. or $300], in the last they are at very small Charges. They that have the Charge of wrapping up and burying the Body, are such as have been taught the Art by their Ancestors. These give in a Writing to the Family of every thing that is to be laid out in the Funeral, and inquire of them after what Manner they would have the Body interr'd.
Page 82 - In eight experiments on cats and rabbits with the pure acid, the heart contracted spontaneously, as well as under stimuli, for some time after death, except in the instance of the rabbit killed with twenty-five grains, and one of the cats killed by three drops applied to the tongue. In the last two the pulsation of the heart ceased with the short fit of tetanus which preceded death ; and in the rabbit, whose chest was laid open instantly after death, the heart was gorged, and its irritability utterly...