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October 26, 1889

NOTES ON HOANG-NAN IN DISEASES OF THE SKIN.Read before the Section on Dermatology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(17):581-583. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401130003001a

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Hoang-nan is the native name of a plant which has been classified as strychnos Gautheriana, It is a climber and belongs to the natural order Loganiaceæ. It rises unsupported upon a slender stem to a considerable height, when it winds around the branches of tall trees. Its stem is gray and its leaves dark green. On account of a resemblance to the convolvuli it is also known as tropical bindweed. Its specific title is in honor of the Roman Catholic missionary, M. Gauthier, by whom, in 1874, it was introduced to the notice of French physicians. Its habitat is the mountainous districts of Laos, Anam, Tonquin and Cambodia. It has been enthusiastically heralded as a remarkable remedy in leprosy, rabies, snake bite and fever. I have been engaged for some years in a study of its therapeutic virtues, and regret to say that my experience does not enable me to

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