Physiological Activity in Extracts of Albizia Species

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INFORMATION was first received from Prof. C. Rendle-Short of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynæcology of this Medical School, that pregnant African women frequently take native medicines at or near term, even when in hospital, in an attempt to accelerate birth. It was thought likely that the excessively high incidence of uterine rupture occurring locally1, might be due in part to powerful uterine spasmogens in these medicines, and some of the plants were obtained from African herbalists and identified.

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    Rendle-Short, C. (personal communication, to be published).

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LIPTON, A. Physiological Activity in Extracts of Albizia Species. Nature 184, 822–823 (1959) doi:10.1038/184822b0

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