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February 2, 1935

Vegetable Drugs of India

JAMA. 1935;104(5):423. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760050069039

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This book on the East Indian materia medica discusses the more modern views on the vegetable drugs alongside the uses the ancient Hindoo physicians made of them. The drugs are classified according to the system of the human body on which they chiefly exert their therapeutic action. One looks in vain for such drugs as digitalis, opium, cinchona or nux vomica, the book being avowedly devoted to the native drugs of India, among which one meets many to us well known with still more of them with which we are not familiar. One naturally wonders in view of this specialization to the vegetable drugs of India to what reading circle this book is addressed. If it is to be used as the principal book on materia medica in the teaching of medical students or if it is to serve as the guide in the selection of his remedy by the

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