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Outlines of a new theory of disease : applied to hydropathy, showing that water is the only true remedy : with observations on the errors committed in the practice of hydropathy, notes on the cure of cholera by cold water, and a critique on Priessnitz's mode of treatment : intended for popular use
- Rausse, J. H., 1805-1848.
An inquiry into the nature and causes of sickness in ships of war : showing the error of its being chiefly ascribed to maritime diet, and that it cannot be prevented by the acids so generally recommended, by what means that prevention may be most effectually attained, and with least expence to the state : to which are added, a review of Sir John Pringle's Discourse on preserving the health of mariners, with other medical disquisitions, including remarks on the new dispensatory of the London College of Physicians
- Renwick, William, 1740?-1814.
Eranthis hyemalis Salisb. Ranunculaceae Winter Aconite Distribution: Europe. The reason it was called Winter aconite and linked to Aconitum napellus as being just as poisonous is because plants were classified according to leaf shape in the 16th century. L'Obel's Stirpium adversaria nova (1571) and Plantarum seu stirpium historia (1576) (with a full page illustration on page 384 showing Eranthis and Aconitum together) along with the knowledge that related plants have similar medical properties caused the belief that Eranthis are as poisonous as Aconitum. They are both in Ranunculaceae and while Eranthis (like all Ranunculaceae)is toxic if eaten, it does not contain the same chemicals as Aconitum. Caesalpino (Ekphrasis, 1616) pointed out the error in classifying according to leaf shape and recommended flower shape. It contains pharmacologically interesting chemicals such as khellin, also present in Ammi visnaga. This is a vasodilator but quite toxic, but can be converted into khellin analogues such as sodium cromoglicate – used as a prophylaxis against asthma attacks – and amiodarone which has anti-arrhythmia actions so is used for atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias. It is endangered and protected in the wild (Croatia) because of over-collecting for horticulture. Photographed in the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians, London.
- Dr Henry Oakeley