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Of homloke or hemloke (continued)

William Turner
Steven Mierdman
Early Modern English
History of Medicine Collection Eskind Biomedical Library

This second page on hemlock contains another woodcut illustration of the plant, again likely emphasizing the poisonous plant’s appearance for the benefit of the reader. Notably, unlike most of Turner’s entries in which he describes the remedy in which the plant at hand may be used, in the case of hemlock, Turner first describes the method by which to counter hemlock’s effects if eaten or drunk: “If that any man be aferd that he hath eaten or dronken homloke, let hym drynke pure hote wyne, whiche is not to subtyle.” Although the meaning of the characters in the initial letter “I” is unclear, the man on the left could easily be Pliny, discussing the properties of hemlock with a pupil.