PAUL W. CLOUGH
Rauwolfia serpentina in the form of crude pharmacologic preparations seems to have had an important place in the folk-lore medicine of India for many years as a reputed cure for "insanity" and many other ills. More recently better documented reports of its use have appeared in Indian medical journals, most of which are not readily accessible in this country. These are now chiefly of historical interest, although they doubtless served as a stimulus to serious scientific investigation of the preparation. This study was greatly intensified following the isolation of the principal alkaloid, reserpine, by Miller, Schlittler and Bein1 in the
CLOUGH PW. RESERPINE IN THE TREATMENT OF NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. Ann Intern Med. ;43:632–637. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-3-632
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(3):632-637.
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