WILK O. WEST, M.D.
Rauwolfia serpentina, or snakeroot, is a drug which has been used in Indian medicine for the past 30 centuries for a host of human maladies, including anxiety, snakebite, psychoses, epilepsy and insomnia. It was named after the German physician, Leonhard Rauwolf.
This agent has but recently (within the last three years) come into its own in this country, and has been a valuable adjunct in the treatment of hypertension1-3 and emotional disorders.4, 5 Most of the effects1 and side-effects6 of serpentina are well recognized, but probably are not appreciated to the fullest extent. Several disturbing reports have appeared in
WEST WO. PERFORATION AND HEMORRHAGE FROM DUODENAL ULCER DURING THE ADMINISTRATION OF RAUWOLFIA SERPENTINA: REPORT OF FIVE CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;48:1033–1039. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-48-5-1033
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;48(5):1033-1039.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Peptic Disease, Peptic Ulcer.
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