Solomon Orser's Remarkable Cure 1811
Solomon Orser’s Remarkable Cure
Kingston Gazette, April 16, 1811 (pg. 3, col. 2)
A man by the name of Solomon Orser who is now living in the Township of Kingston, Upper Canada, was for a number of years afflicted with a sore, which extended over nearly half the surface of his leg. During this painful period, he left untried no means of recovery suggested by his own experience or the advice of many skilful physicians who assiduously attended him. But all their efforts were marked with no success and the final resort of salivation was attended with no salutary effects. On the contrary, his complaint daily grew worse, and was at length accompanied by such a burning heat that he could not lie in bed. One night as he lay in extreme anguish by the fire, it occurred to his mind to apply seraped turnips to the affected parts. This experiment he tried and on the first application found the juice so acrid that it scalded the skin of the well part of his leg. He then seraped another poultice and squeezed out the juice which he applied to the sore, and soon found ease from the application. The effect produced by the virtues of this vegetable was such that the affected parts soon became putrid, and fell off; it began to heal and so continued until a perfect cure was effected.
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