This section is from the book "An Experimental History Of The Materia Medica", by William Lewis.
Raisins: rich sweet grapes, dried by the fun's heat in the warmer parts of Europe. Two sorts are directed for medicinal use. 1. Uvae passae majores Pharm. Lond. Passulae majores Pharm. Edinb. Raisins of the sun; the fruit of the vitis damascena dried upon the tree; the stem of each cluster, when the grapes are ripe, being cut almost through, so as to prevent the afflux of any fresh juice. 2. Uvae passae mino-res feu corinthiacae. Currants; the fruit of the vitis corinthiaca picked from the stalks.
These fruits are used as agreeable lubricating acesccnt sweets, in pectoral decoctions, and for obtunding the acrimony of other medicines and rendering them acceptable to the palate and stomach: the first sort inclines most to acidity, the sweetness of the latter being more of the mucilaginous kind. They both give out their sweetness and their pleasant flavour to water and spirit: the stones or seeds are supposed to communicate a disagreeable relish, and hence are generally directed to be taken out; but it did not appear on trial that they give any taste at all to water, proof spirit, or rectified spirit.