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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1917
IPECAC AND DYSENTERY
Ipecac is the root of a Brazilian herb. It is said to have been in common use in its native country long before it was brought to Europe by Piso at about 1650. Shortly afterward a charlatan by the name of Adriaan Helvetius placarded Paris with the announcement that he had a cure for dysentery. Hearing of this, Louis XIV summoned him to treat the dauphin, who was suffering from this disease. The patient recovered, and the formula, which Helvetius is said to have obtained from a physician in the Netherlands, was purchased by the government for 1,000 louis and made public. Ipecac was one of the ingredients of
THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(5):374–377. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020054017
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