An Illness Record of a Royalty in King Rama V's Archives

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A record on the illness of a royalty is normally a short note in the chronicle that describes the symptoms, cause and date of death of such a person. In contrast, the illness archive of an unnamed royal family member in the reign of King Rama V shows chief complaints as well as medications and food given each day. So, the Thai traditional remedies provided to that person are thoroughly known. This article, therefore, is prepared as a result of the study of that archive; and the archive’s manuscript has been transliterated into present-day’s Thai script with an analysis of its many aspects, including stool characteristics, medicines used, food recipes and traditional medical formulas.


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