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Peruvian Bark: a Popular Account of the Introduction of Chinchona Cultivation into British India

Nature volume 23, pages 189191 | Download Citation



“THE enterprise undertaken by me in 1859 of introducing the cultivation of Peruvian bark trees into British India and Ceylon is now an assured success.” With these words Mr. Markham begins his preface, and a perusal of the convenient history he has put together of the gradual steps by which during the past twenty years this success has been reached, enables us to fully share the satisfaction with which they must have been written. Not merely has a cheap supply of febrifuge alkaloids been brought within reach of the fever-haunted population of India, but a new and highly-profitable industry has been opened to the planters of our tropical colonies, and the yield of an inestimable drug placed beyond risk of exhaustion.

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