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May 17, 1884

JEQUIRITY.

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LITTLE ROCK, ARK.

JAMA. 1884;II(20):535-538. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390430003001a

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Abstract

[Read before the State Medical Society of Arkansas, at the Eighth Annual Session, Little Rock, May 30 and 31, 1883.]

Jequirity, abrus precatorius, is a small shrub of the order of leguminosæ, growing in tropical America, which bears a beautiful coral-like bean, commonly known as licorice bean. In Brazil the natives have a formula for making an infusion from the bean, which they use in granular conjunctivitis. According to the formula, 32 beans make about two pints of the infusion. fusion. The method of using it is to brush it on the inner surface of the lids, instil it into the eye, or apply it on compresses to the outer surface of the lids, by means of which some of it comes in contact with the conjunctiva and cornea.

The literature on the use of jequirity up to the present time is rather meager. In the American Medical Weekly, of

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