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August 26, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(9):315-316. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420610027006

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The modern use of prepared animal organs and animal extracts has probably not yet attained to such therapeutic rank as would lead the Committee on Revision to introduce this distinct class of remedies into the National Pharmacopœia. And yet for such action respectable authority and precedent are not wanting, since in the Dispensatory made by the "College of Physitians" of London, as we learn from the famous edition of "Nich. Culpeper, Gent. Student in Physick," (of which the second edition was published in 1650), there was an entire section devoted to "Parts of Living Creatures and Excrements," from which possibly some fin de siecle clinician might even now obtain a few available hints that might direct his investigations for new specifics, as he will find some curious precedents for those lately brought into use. Thus Cerebrine is anticipated in the following: "The brain of Sparrows being eaten provoke lust exceedingly."

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