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September 17, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(12):374-376. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400110022004

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A few months ago we noticed the discovery by an Australian physician of an alleged new local anæsthetic, drumine, which does not thus far seem to have fulfilled all that was said and expected of it. It is to be hoped that the latest addition to our meagre list of vegetable local anæsthetics will not prove to be also a disappointment.

Stenocarpine, a supposed alkaloid from the leaves of a botanically unknown tree, after being tested by Dr. A. M. Seward, of Bergen Point, N. J., and Dr. J. Herbert Claiborne, Jr., of New York, has been more recently examined and carefully tested by Dr. Edward Jackson, of Philadelphia, who reports his observations in the Medical News, of. September 3, 1887.

Before further describing its action it should be said that, whether the name "stenocarpine" will finally prove to be the correct term or not, it should not have been

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