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Cervi Priapus, c1745-1807

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Glass specie jar containing specimens of deer penile bone. From the Burges Collection.

Text on paper contents label reads ‘Catal. mat. med. p. 125. No. 42. Cervi priapus. Ph. Lond : 1721.’

Pomet, in his Compleat History of Druggs, says that ‘The Powder or Filings of the Pizzle, given in Wine, is diuretick, and very good against Cholick and Dysentery: Some have affirm’d it provokes to Venery.’