Flora Medica: Containing Coloured Delineations of the Various Medicinal Plants Admitted Into the London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Pharmacopœias; with Their Natural History, Botanical Descriptions, Medical and Chemical Properties, &c. &c.; Together with a Concise Introduction to Botany; a Copious Glossary of Botanical Terms; and a List of Poisonous Plants, &c. &c, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Callow and Wilson, 1830 - Botany, Medical
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Page 192 - ... object. The Camphor is procured in pretty nearly the same way. The trees are cut to the heart about the same height from the ground as in the former instance, till the Camphor is seen; hundreds may be thus mutilated before the sought-for tree is discovered ; when attained, it is felled, and cut in junks, of a fathom long, which are again split, and the Camphor is found in the heart, occupying a space in circumference, of the thickness of a man's arm. The produce of a middling sized tree is about...
Page 192 - Malay axe, in the tree, about fourteen or eighteen feet from the ground, till near the heart, where a deeper incision is made with a small aperture ; and the oil, if any in the tree, immediately gushes out, and is received in bamboos, or any other utensil better approved of; in this manner, a party proceeds through the woods wounding the camphor trees till they attain their object.
Page 88 - The tub is then filled again with blades, and so alternately, till the labourer has produced his jar full, or about four gallons and a half of juice, which is often done in six or seven hours, and he has then the remainder of the day to himself — it being his employer's interest to get each day's operation as quickly done as possible. It may be observed, that although aloes are often cut in nine, ten, or twelve months after being planted, they are not in perfection till the second...
Page 253 - The action of this extract on the healthy human body is precisely the same ; and if the dose be sufficiently large, death speedily follows, with the same symptoms. The traces of the asphyxia, which caused death, are alone observable on dissection. On man when affected with paralysis, the effect is the same ; but it is particularly manifested in the paralyzed parts : it is there the tetanic symptoms occur, with a creeping sensation which announces the action of the remedy ; a local perspiration in...
Page 58 - When the stalk is entirely withered the roots are in the proper state for digging. This is generally performed in the months of January and February. After being dug they are picked, cleansed, and gradually seethed or scalded in boiling water, they are then spread out and exposed every day to the suii till sufficiently dried, and after being divided into parcels of about 100 Ibs. each, they are packed in bags for the market ; this is called the black ginger.
Page 252 - Magendie having, by a series of experiments, ascertained that the wholo family of plants of the Strychni amari had the singular property of acting immediately on the spinal marrow without affecting, except indirectly, the functions of the brain, thought they might be advantageously applied to the treatment of disease. He...
Page 68 - In the Moluccas, the gathering of the fruit takes place at three periods of the year ; in July and August, when the Nutmegs are most abundant, but the Mace is thinner than in the smaller fruits, which are gathered during November, the second time of collecting : the third harvest takes place in the month of March, or beginning of April, when the Nuts, as well as the Mace, are in the greatest perfection, their number being then not so great, and the season being dry. The outer pulpy coat is removed,...
Page 68 - Hollander, who had returned from the spice islands, informed Sir William Temple, that at one time, he saw three piles of nutmegs burnt, each of which was more than a church of ordinary dimensions coald bold.

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