American Medical Botany: Being a Collection of the Native Medicinal Plants of the United States, Containing Their Botanical History and Chemical Analysis, and Properties and Uses in Medicine, Diet and the Arts, with Coloured Engravings ...

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Cummings and Hilliard; [Cambridge] University Press, Hilliard and Metcalf, 1817 - Botany - 120 pages
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Page 22 - whether the Indians can so prepare the stupifying herb datura, that they make it lie several days, months, or years, according as they will have it, in a man's body, and at the end kill him, without missing half an hour's time ?' " Beverly, in his History of Virginia, gives a very circumstantial account of the effects of stramonium.
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Page 26 - Stramonium in doses of ^th to 1 grain is to occasion a sort of nervous shock, which is frequently attended with a momentary affection of the head and eyes, with a degree of nausea, and with phenomena resembling those that are produced by intoxication ; to excite in many instances nervous sensations which are referred to the oesophagus or...
Page 24 - Bree, since he affirms that not one case of those under his care was benefitted by it. Certain it is, that in this country the thorn apple is employed with Very frequent success by asthmatic patients, and it would not be difficult to designate a dozen individuals in Boston and its vicinity, who are in the habit of employing it with unfailing relief in the paroxysms of this distressing complaint.
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Page 76 - He also states, that given in large doses, sufficient to produce full vomiting, it often removes the Croup, if administered in the first stages. It has been given, he remarks, "for many years in the • Letter dated November 5, 1816. 11 country, some physicians relying wholly on this remedy for the cure of croup.
Page 22 - Medicaminum may be found a summary of the reports of many medical men, who have tried it wilh various success in the diseases in question, as well as in others. Dr. Cullen has no doubt that it may be a remedy in certain cases of mania and epilepsy ; but doubts if any person has learned to distinguish the cases to which it is properly adapted. " Dr. Fisher, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, has published in their communications some remarks on the employment of Stramonium in epilepsy....
Page 65 - Corolla ovate orurceolate, white with a reddish tinge, transparent at base, contracted at the mouth, hairy inside, with five short, reflexed segments. Stamens inserted at the base of the corolla with hairy filaments, and anthers with two horns and two pores in each. Germ round, style straight, longer than the stamens, stigma simple. Nectary a black indented ring, situated below the germ, and remaining till the fruit is ripe.
Page 61 - Of this article larger quantities are sold in the druggists' shops in Boston, than of almost any indigenous production. The demand for it arises from its supposed efficacy as a local application in aphthous, and other ulcerations of the mouth. Its reputation however in these cases is wholly unmerited, since it possesses no astringent or stimulating quality, by which it can act on the ulcerated spots, and where benefit has attended its use, it is doubtless to be ascribed to other articles possessing...
Page viii - ... rise into notice and use. Doubtless a variety of new substances would develop unexpected powers, while perhaps the poppy would be shunned as a deleterious plant, and the cinchona might grow unmolested upon the mountains of Quito." Sawyer regards Nux vomica among the most valuable. B. says (1817) : " We have yet to discover our anodynes and our emetics, although we abound in bitters, astringents, aromatics, and demulcents. In the present state of our knowledge we could not well dispense with opium...

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