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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 Excerpt: ... FORMULARY, RESIN OF NUX VOMICA. In 1809 M. Magendie presented to the Institute of France some account of a course of experiments, which led to an unexpected result, viz. that an entire family of plants (the StrychniAmari) possessed the singular property of strongly exciting the spinal marrow, without affecting, except indirectly, the functions of the brain; and it was remarked, at the close of this report, that such a result might be turned to advantage in the treatment of diseases. This conjecture has since been amply confirmed at the bed-side of the patient. Some years ago, Dr. Fouquier published several cases in which paralysis had been cured by nux vomica; and M. Magendie himself had met with success of a similar nature before he knew that this gentleman had been so occupied. This circumstance has in no way tended to abate our author's diligence; and most satisfactory results have been obtained from the exhibition of B the alcoholic extract of nux vomica, not merely in palsies, both partial and general, but also in various other kinds of debility of the system general as well as local. PREPARATION OF THE ALCOHOLIC EXTRACT OF NUX VOMICA. Treat a given quantity of rasped nux vomica with alcohol at 40 and at the lowest possible temperature; let it be renewed until nothing further is taken up from the raspings; then evaporate gently to the consistence of an extract. The activity of the matter obtained will be in-proportion to the strength of the alcohol. The alcoholic extract may be obtained dry, by filtering a saturated tincture, (made with alcohol at 36") and evaporating in the common way. ACTION ON THE ANIMAL SYSTEM. One grain of this substance absorbed in any part of the body, or taken into the stomach with food, will destroy a large dog in a very sho...
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