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Quinine's predecessor : Francesco Torti and the early history of cinchona

Author: Saul Jarcho; Francesco Torti
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1993.
Series: Henry E. Sigerist series in the history of medicine.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The history of cinchona has traditionally begun with the romantic - and now discredited - story of Francisca Henriquez Ribera, the Countess of Chinchon. According to legend, the Countess became seriously ill during an outbreak of fever in Lima around 1623. Her husband, the Viceroy, learning of a medicinal tree bark used by the local Indians, ordered the bark tested and administered to his wife. Following her prompt
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Jarcho, Saul.
Quinine's predecessor.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)624402473
Online version:
Jarcho, Saul.
Quinine's predecessor.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)630304784
Named Person: Francesco Torti; Francesco Torti; Francesco Torti; Francesco (Arzt) Torti
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Saul Jarcho; Francesco Torti
ISBN: 0801844665 9780801844669
OCLC Number: 26396595
Description: xviii, 354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Two Rival Historical Traditions --
2. Peru, Italy, and the Low Countries --
3. Continental Developments, 1653-1675 --
4. England after 1650 --
5. France, Germany, and Switzerland --
6. Russia, the Orient, and the Americas --
7. Italy and Spain, 1679-1718 --
8. Antonio Frassoni and Francesco Torti's Synopsis --
9. Torti's Therapeutice Specialis --
10. Torti as Seen by His Contemporaries --
11. Torti's Place in History --
12. The Bark: Botanical, Geographical, and Commercial Factors --
13. Epilogue --
App. A. The Intermittent Fevers as Understood in the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries --
App. B. The Schedula Romana --
App. C. Torti's Synopsis --
The Latin Text --
App. D. Editions of the Therapeutice Specialis, 1712-1928.
Series Title: Henry E. Sigerist series in the history of medicine.
Responsibility: Saul Jarcho.

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This history of cinchona bark - the source of modern quinine - recounts the controversy and resistance surrounding its acceptance by medical practitioners and describes the work of Francesco Torti,  Read more...

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