Vegetable Poisons of Africa


    DR. G. CUFODONTIS has reviewed these numerous vegetable poisons of which the native peoples of Africa have made use from time immemorial in war, hunting, fishing and the destruction of fierce and noxious animals (Scientia, Ser. 3, 32, 1-5 ; 1938). Though the use of these poisons by the natives has long been recorded by travellers, owing to lack of botanical and chemical knowledge information is often defective. Native methods of extraction are often not only complicated, but also surrounded by mystery and magical ritual, making observation a matter of difficulty.

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    Vegetable Poisons of Africa. Nature 142, 406 (1938).

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