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August 18, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(6):185. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390060025012

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Weaversville, N. C.

There has been, and is yet, a controversy among medical men as to whether quinine has oxytocic properties or not, some contending that it has such beyond doubt, and warning the profession to be cautious in its use in cases of pregnancy, and others equally learned and experienced affirming that it is a mistake that quinine has no such theraputic action. May not both sides be correct, as the idiosyncracies are so very different? I once had a patient that neither quinine or ergot had any effect upon, but the decoction of uva ursi acted quickly and with power. I have a female friend to whom spirits of turpentine is more poisonous than the rhus toxicodendron-even a few drops, in lineament, rubbed on the hand, in a few hours will inflame her arm to the shoulder, producing the same effect as a thorough application of the poison

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