Lexicon:Digitalis (Maturin's Medicine)

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Term: digitalis
References: Desolation Island, page 106
Treason's Harbour, page 259
Meaning: Medicine derived from the foxglove plant. It was discovered by William Withering, an English physician and botanist (1741-99) to cure oedema or 'dropsy' which is severe congestive heart failure. It is in use today for a variety of heart ailments, although now extracts such as digoxin rather than the plant extract are used, since it is easier to dose than the extract is.


See also, Lexicon:Digitalis (Guide for the Perplexed).

Additional information

Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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