Hippocrates,the Father of Medicine, as the originator of those valuable and suggestive formulas that have survived and been handed down to us amid the ravages
During the pre-Hippocratic period these prepara tions were believed to possess marvelous properties and with the" ofiering of mystical incantations, to exert magical powers in the cure of various diseases. They were swallowed with avidity and mysterous invocations to the gods by the afflicted of body and spirit, in the perfect confidence that while they gratified the sense of taste,they would strengthen the stomach and dissipate all the ills to which flesh or mind was heir. But Hip pocrates ventured to difi'er from the priest-physicians; though born and bred among that superstitious craft and inheriting all the silly traditions and prejudices of that unenlightened epoch, he boldly cast superstition aside and based his practice upon the principles of inductive philosophy and the inherent virtues of the wines and remedies themselves.
Cordials, Liqueurs, Etc.
Then came the Moorish alchemists with their per fected stills, producing sweet cordials that became