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September 14, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(11):379-380. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401080019002

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Jaborandi as a Parturifacient.  — Under this caption Dr. N. P. Moss reports a few cases (N. O. Med. and Surg. Journ.) in which jaborandi seemed to expedite labor, and his explanation of the modus operandi of the drug is unsatisfactory, as he seems to attribute it merely to its diaphoretic properties. His cases are also not numerous enough to serve as a basis for accurate deductions. Pilocarpin has been proven beyond doubt to possess a powerful action upon the uterus, and it has been employed to a considerable extent as an abortifacient. Professor Schauta, of Prague, has employed pilocarpin in more than forty cases as a means of strengthening labor pains. Injected subcutaneously he has found it active in 2 per cent. solution, although he has also used it in 3 or 4 per cent. solutions. Schauta went so far as to measure the effects of his doses by

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