A New Form of Nervous Disease: Together with an Essay on Erythroxylon Coca (Google eBook)

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Fords, Howard & Hulbert, 1881 - Coca - 138 pages
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Page 104 - On leaving me, he declared that he would willingly engage himself again for the same amount of work, and that he would go through it without food, if I would but allow him a sufficient supply of coca. The village priest assured me that this man was sixty-two years of age, and that he had never known him to be ill in his life.
Page 104 - ... sleep each night. But at intervals of two and a half or three hours he regularly chewed about half an ounce of coca leaves, and he kept an acullico continually in his mouth. I was constantly beside him, and therefore I had the opportunity of closely observing him. The work for which I had engaged him being finished, he accompanied me on a two days, journey of twenty-three leagues across the level heights.
Page 36 - Jan. 26, 1838. and is about 59 years old. He attended the public schools of Sunbury and was admitted to the bar just before the breaking out of the war. In 1861 he enlisted in the llth Pennsylvania for three months...
Page 86 - I had not walked a hundred yards before all of a sudden I felt just as if somebody had come behind me and struck me a severe blow on the head and neck, and at the same time I experienced a most acute pain and sense of oppression at the chest, as though a hot iron had been run in and a hundredweight put on the top of it.
Page 104 - Puna, at the height of 14,000 feet above the level of the sea, I drank, always before going out to hunt, a strong infusion of coca leaves. I could then, during the whole day, climb the heights and follow the swift-footed wild animals without experiencing any greater difficulty of breathing than I should have felt in similar rapid movements on the coast. Moreover, I did not suffer from the symptoms of cerebral excitement or uneasiness which other travellers have observed.
Page 105 - Setting aside all extravagant and visionary notions on the subject, I am clearly of. opinion that the moderate use of coca is not merely innoxious, but that it may even be very conducive to health. In support of this conclusion, I may refer to the numerous examples of longevity among Indians who, almost from the age of boyhood, have been in the habit of masticating coca three times a day...
Page 18 - Nott 1 gives cases of negro women, who, after having borne children for a white man, continued to have mulatto children with a negro husband. According to Dr. Simpson, of Edinburgh, a young woman, born of white parents, and who had a mulatto brother born before marriage, had undoubted traces of black blood.* Dr. Dyce says that he knew a half-caste woman who had fair children with a European ; and who, on being married to a mulatto afterwards, gave birth to children resembling her first husband both...
Page 88 - Its greatest worth is as an antidote for alcoholismus and the opium habit," and for this treatment he recommends Fluid Extract of Coca in tablespoonful doses. Dr. WS Searle, AM, MD, says of Coca, "In relation to a New Form of Nervous Disease": "It certainly is not homoeopathic, but it is still, however it may act, one of the most reliable remedies for the palliation and, pehaps, cure of this malady.
Page 44 - They always followed a day of overwork, either mental or physical, and always occurred after retiring, when just losing herself in sleep. They consisted of a loud snap in the occiput, and would rouse her to full consciousness, with a shattered sensation in the head as it something really had exploded there.
Page 105 - I am clearly of. opinion that the moderate use of coca is not merely innoxious, but that it may even be very conducive to health. In support of this conclusion, I may refer to the numerous examples of longevity among Indians who, almost from the age of boyhood, have been in the habit of masticating coca three times a day, and who in the course of their lives have consumed no less than two thousand...

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