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OF

ORGANIC MATERIA MEDICA

AND

PHARMACAL BOTANY,

COMPRISING

THE VEGETABLE AND ANIMAL DRUGS:

THEIR PHYSICAL CHARACTER, GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN, CLASSI-

FICATION, CONSTITUENTS, DOSES, ADULTERATIONS, &c.

TABLE OF THE TESTS AND SOLUBILITIES OF THE ALKALOIDS APPENDED.

By L. E. SAYRE, PH. G.

DETROIT:
GEORGE S, DAVIS, MEDICAL BOOK PUBLISHER,

V 154 5274 1880

PREFACE.

THE

He following pages are the result of time and study devoted to the interest of students of Materia Medica. A mere glance over the matter, and the objects in view will be plainly seen. It is not to give an exhaustive treatise upon this subject in all its sections and ramifications, but to direct special attention to Drugs proper, their characteristics, botanical and geographical origin; the salient points are brought out and a clearly arranged bird's eye view is displayed. . The Chart which begins the book, gives the Medical properties, doses, &c., it is so arranged that it can be readily referred to and studied. The subjects of Medical Botany and Materia Medica which follow, are divided in such a systematic manner and so illustrated as to make them, if possible, attractive and instructive to the student, and to tempt him to a pursuit after more detailed information and thorough knowledge, in fuller manuals and more important text books. A complete table of the alkaloids is presented, giving their tests, solubilities, &c.; lastly a table of antidotes and incompatibles. The need and importance of such a work have long been felt by the author in teaching. Students of Pharmacy and Medicine lose a good deal of valuable time in finding out what to learn-in getting a clear idea of the scope of these subjects. In treating of Drugs proper, their characteristies have been especially dwelt upon. This portion of Materia Medica has been very much neglected by most students, and consequently they are liable to become but superficial observers in this important branch. It is to be hoped the description here presented will not only be a help over rough ground, but excite an interest in one of the most attractive and improving parts of the Science.

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