MS 38 - David Skene, M.D.: correspondence
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Papers of David Skene: correspondence: Letter from John Hope to David Skene
John Hope (1725–1786), physician and botanist. MS 39 gives the date of this item as 1766
Letter from John Hope to David Skene in which he describes his collecting activities; he has recently learned that cast iron cannot be pierced by a drill unless milk is poured on it in which case it can be pierced as if it were hardwood; he states that Mr Franklin has informed him that nerves of animals, when taken out of the body, are electrical conductors when wet but not when dry; he describes recent papers read at the Philosophical Society including one on electricity by Dr Austin and a paper of Dr Gardiner's on a pill consisting of 1/8 of a strong solution of the mercurial sublimate, the rest as an anthelmintic; he suggests that Skene should become a member and states that he will introduce him to Lord Kames; he asks if he is friendly with Dr Gregory as he does wish to have Skene as one of their members; he refers to Dr. Pulteney of Leicester who took his degrees at Edinburgh; the College of Physicians are to publish new edition of 'Dispensatory' and will add 'Linnaean genera and trivial names to the present officinal', [1765 ].
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