Review of materia medica

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Lindsay and Blakiston, 1852 - 322 pages
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Page 192 - Cucurbitaceaj), an annual vine of the south of Europe, now cultivated in England. The fruit has the shape of a small oval cucumber, and, when fully ripe, separates from the peduncle, and throws out its juice and seeds with considerable force, through an opening in the base.
Page 221 - It is a brownish-black, viscid, semi-liquid substance, of a peculiar empyreumatic odour, and a bitterish, resinous, somewhat acid taste; soluble in alcohol, ether, and the volatile and fixed oils. It consists of resin, united with acetic acid, oil of turpentine, and various volatile, empyreumatic products. By distillation, it yields pyroligneous acid and oil of tar — the residuum being pitch. The oil of tar contains, besides oil of turpentine, creosote (see p.
Page 93 - ... 2. The Pale Bark comes in cylindrical pieces of variable length, sometimes singly, sometimes doubly quilled, from two lines to an inch in diameter, and from half a line to two or three lines in thickness — the best kinds being about the size of a goose-quill.
Page 92 - Bark comes both in quilled and flat pieces. The former are from three or four inches to a' foot and a half long, from a quarter of an inch to two or three inches in diameter, and of variable thickness. They have a brownish epidermis (with longitudinal wrinkles and transverse fissures), which possesses none of the virtues of the PERUVIAN BARK.
Page 31 - For children under twelve years, the doses of most medicines must be diminished in the proportion of the age to the age increased by 12 ; thus, at two years to 4, viz.: -^ — = 4- At 21 the full dose may be given.
Page 152 - ... parts of distilled water. If the muriate of barytes cause a cloudiness or precipitate, sulphuric acid must be present ; if a similar effect be produced by nitrate of silver, the presence of muriatic...
Page 169 - I purge), termed also purgatives, are medicines which produce evacuations from the bowels. Some operate by increasing the peristaltic motion of the intestines ; others stimulate the mucous follicles and exhalants, and occasion watery evacuations, whence they are termed hydragogues. The more violent of the hydragogues, if given in overdoses, produce inflammation of the alimentary canal, characterized by violent vomiting and purging, abdominal pain and tenderness, cold extremities and sinking pulse....
Page 73 - Moschus moschiferus, or the Musk Deer, an animal rather larger than the goat, and resembling the deer in its characters, which inhabits the mountainous portions of Central Asia. The musk-bag is found only in the male, and lies between the umbilicus and prepuce. It is an oval pod, about two and a half inches long, and one and a half broad, flat on one side, and convex and hairy on the other, and in the full-grown animal contains from Sjss to 5vj, of a liquid secretion, which, when dried, is musk.
Page 214 - Polygalacese), is a small indigenous plant, found in all parts of the United States, but most abundantly in the South and "West. It has a perennial, branching root, several erect annual stems, about a foot in height, alternate lanceolate leaves, and small, whitish flowers, arranged in a terminal spike. The ROOT is the officinal portion. It occurs in the shops in twisted pieces, varying in thickness from the size of a quill to that of the little finger, attached to a knotty head, and marked with a...
Page 94 - ... soluble in alcohol, ether, and the fixed and volatile oils. It unites with acids to form salts, the most important of which is the officinal salt, the sulphate. Its composition is...

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