WALTER A. BLOEDORN, A.M., M.D.
There is no member of the pharmacopeia more fascinating and intriguing than digitalis. The history of this drug is almost a medical epic. Its botanical name, Digitalis purpurea, was given to it by Fuchsius in 1542 because of the resemblance of its flowers to a finger or thimble and because of its purple color. Boerhaave regarded digitalis as a poison but other writers held that it was one of the native plants of England which should be considered a medicine of considerable virtue.
To that sterling old English physician, William Withering, the world owes a tremendous debt for his careful
BLOEDORN WA. The Abuse of Digitalis1. Ann Intern Med. 1928;2:261–268. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-2-3-261
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1928;2(3):261-268.
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