Posted by Caroline on September 02, 1998 at 12:59:10:
In response to Cinchona (Peruvian Bark), written by P. Bingham on September 01, 1998 at 20:43:57
The first European to use Peruvian Bark for malaria was Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician, who started his work in 1790, and published his "Organ of Medicine" in 1810. I believe, but I'm not certain, that his work wasn't published in English until several years after that. Hahnemann is generally thought to be the Father of Homeopathy, by the way.
Given these facts, I'm a bit sceptical about its widespread use in Britain during Jane Austen's lifetime.That's not to say that it wasn't used somewhere, at some time, only that it wasn't normal medical practice. A shame, eh? (and no tonic water then, either! ;-) )
The book that gave me this impression was found in my local library and is entitled something like The Reader's Digest Book of Herbs and Useful Plants or something equally inane. It's an interesting book, though!_
- Patrick O'Brian P. Bingham 23:42:18 9/13/98 (1)
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