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November 29, 1941

Medicinal Herbs and Their Cultivation

JAMA. 1941;117(22):1923. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820480089038

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The importation into England of crude drugs has been seriously curtailed by the war. This booklet is intended to supply information relating to medicinal plants for which there is an urgent demand and which can be grown in that country. In the foreword appears a statement that a scheme under the egis of the Ministry of Health has been formulated to increase home grown supplies of digitalis, henbane, belladonna and stramonium. In twenty-two pages the booklet discusses briefly the characteristics, cultivation and harvesting of sixteen cultivated herbs, nine wild herbs and seven so-called oil-containing herbs. While some important drugs are included in these lists, it is difficult to understand why in times of emergency agricultural resources and industry should be devoted to the cultivation of such items as aconite, chamomile, pennyroyal, peppermint, valerian, dandelion, buckthorn, elder flowers, comfrey, coriander, parsley, anise and fennel. Somebody in the Ministry of Agriculture and

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