This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Family Doctor" book
Spread a slice of well-baked bread with good fresh butter, and sprinkle it moderately with salt and black pepper. Pour a pint of boiling water over it, and let it stand a few minutes before use. This will do for patients who are not very sick, as a soft article of low diet.
This may be made, of course, in many different ways. The following is about the simplest; put two potatoes, a handful of peas, one ripe tomato, and a piece of bread, into a quart of water, and boil it down to a pint. Then throw in a little chopped celery or parsley, and salt. Cover, and remove from the fire. A delicate stomach may require it to be strained for use.