An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medicinal Uses: With Practical Remarks on Dropsy and other Diseases (facsimile)
Hist. Coll. QV153 W823
London: Broomleigh Press
In 1542, the German physician and botanist, Leonard Fuchs (1501-66), gave the plant foxglove the name digitalis. He thought it looked like a Fingerhut, or thimble, so he latinized it to digitalis. This perennial is often used to control heart rates. Withering wrote: ‘The leaves – If well dried they readily rub down to a beautiful green powder . . . I give to adults, from one to three grains of this powder twice a day.’
William Withering, “An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medicinal Uses: With Practical Remarks on Dropsy and other Diseases (facsimile) ,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed April 22, 2019, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/11073.
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