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An Account of the Foxglove, and Some of its Medical Uses
With Practical Remarks on Dropsy and Other Diseases


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Botany and Horticulture

  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108075862

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  • In 1775, the physician and botanist William Withering (1741–99) was informed of a folk cure for dropsy that had as its active ingredient the plant foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). Ten years later, after thorough trials on more than 150 patients, Withering published this monograph on the medicinal applications of the plant, not least to keep less experienced doctors from administering it to patients without the proper caution, given the plant's toxicity. Withering was the first doctor to employ foxglove as a remedy for congestive heart failure, which is now the primary disease treated by foxglove-derived pharmaceuticals, and the results from his trials broadly reflect those produced by modern physicians. Withering's first major publication, A Botanical Arrangement of All the Vegetables Naturally Growing in Great Britain (1776), which includes observations on the medicinal applications of British plants, is also reissued in this series.

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    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108075862
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    The introduction of foxglove into modern practice
    Cases 1-156
    Hospital cases
    Communications from correspondents
    Preparations and doses
    Effects, rules and cautions
    Constitution of patients
    Practical remarks on dropsy and some other diseases.

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