Dunglison's American medical library Volume 3

9781235957239: Dunglison's American medical library Volume 3

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. 1839 Excerpt: ...it is rarely used pure or diluted with «o little as one half water, except in cases of asphyxia, and gangrene, and for dressing old ulcers, &c. Most commonly it is diluted with five to ten parts of water, and in this strength is applied to ulcers of various kinds, burns, cutaneous diseases, fcc. When used as a disinfecting agent, itjis most commonly diluted with ten, twenty or thirty times its weight of water. 1 Faraday, Quarterly Journal of Science, N. S. ii. 84, cited by Brande, Dictionary of the Materia Medica, p. 508, Lond, 1839. Venus, Grundriss der medicin. Receptirkunst, S. 67. Weimar, 1838. Revue Medicale, Fevrier, 1836. Riecke, Die neuein Arzneimittel, S. 334. SPILANTHUS OLERACEUS. Synonymes.--Spear-leaved Spilanthus. French.--Cresson de Para. German.--Falsche Fleckblume. This plant, which is a native of South America, being an annual of very rapid growth, succeeds well in the climate of the United States. A tincture of it has been much recommended in France and Germany, as an arcanum, in toothach. Of late, its preparation has become known. Riecke1 terms it the Tinctura Spilanthi oleracei composita, (Paraguay--Roux, Paratinktur.) It is prepared in the following manner. Take of the leaves and blossoms of the inula bifrons--a species of elecampane growing in Italy and the southern Pyrenees--one part; the blossoms of the spilanthus oleraceus, obtained from South America, and from which the Drs. Bahi formerly made their elixir odontalgicum, four parts; roots of the anthemis pyrethrum, one part; alcohol at 33 (s. g..863) eight parts. The solid matters are divided into small pieces, and with the alcohol are placed in a flask for digestion, which is closed; the mixture is suffered to digest for a fortnight, at the expiration of which time it is f...

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