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December 12, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(24):660-661. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391230016005

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In more than one instance civilized man has turned to good account in the healing of the nations deadliest poisons which his savage brother had employed as an agent of destruction. In Central Africa there grows a plant whose seeds are used by the natives as a deadly arrow poison. A paste is made from the crushed seeds and with this the arrow-heads are smeared. It is a powerful muscle-poison, the same as curare. With this agent Dr. Thomas R. Fraser, Professor of Pharmacology and Materia Medica at Edinburgh, has been experimenting for the last fifteen years or more. It is to his paper, delivered before the Section of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the last annual meeting of the British Medical Association, at Cardiff, that we are indebted for the facts we propose to furnish to our readers.

Dr. Fraser's valuable contribution, together with the discussion upon it, is to

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