DAVID I. MACHT, M.D., Phar.D., Litt.D., F.A.C.P.
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The materia medica of the ancients abounded in preparations taken from the animal world. Primitive physicians believed that the organs, secretions and excretions of all kinds of animals, including man, possessed mysterious medicinal virtues. Such animal preparations therefore figured largely in the materia medica not only of the Egyptian, Assyrian and Babylonian but also of the Greek and Latin periods and continued to flourish in the kakopharmacy of the Dark Ages. Even after the Renaissance, at the dawn of modern medicine, the old dispensatories and pharmacopoeias listed a surprisingly large number of "preparations" derived from the animal world. To
MACHT DI. THERAPEUTIC EXPERIENCES WITH COBRA VENOM1. Ann Intern Med. 1938;11:1824–1833. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-10-1824
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(10):1824-1833.
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