Going back further, the anonymous Physicall Directions in time of Plague. Printed by command from the Lords of the Councell (1644) suggests eating “a Potched Egge with Vineger,” and when out and about to keep some clove and nutmeg in one’s mouth, while holding a sponge dipped in vinegar and rose water infused with rosemary and sage. Alternatively, A Plain and Easie Method for Preserving (by God’s blessing) those that are Well from the Infection of the Plague by Thomas Willis (1691) recommends improving air quality by burning sulphur, pitch, and tar.
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