What are these hospital supplies?

July 6th, 2011

This is an inventory or return of hospital supplies for the hospital at Fort Mifflin, on the Delaware River at Philadelphia. Mezereon is a deciduous shrub that can be poisonous. It appears to have been used to treat tooth aches and skin disorders,  and possibly as a compress.  Tartar and castor oil could have been used as laxatives.  Guaiacum resin could have been used to treat coughs, arthritis, and possibly syphilis. Other items include a pestle, an ointment spatula, and a  funnel.  The return is signed by a surgeon’s mate of the 2nd Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers.  It is verified by Doctors Gillaspy and Strong.