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Cantharides is a non-scientific common name that may refer to a number of plant species and varieties.


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Historical Use of Cantharides

Cantharides in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Cantharides in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "caustic substances (garden cresses, cantharides) could be applied to the part where symptoms were first experienced."
Sec Auth: Eadie MJ and Bladin PF
Title: A Disease Once Sacred. John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001
Page: 176
Source: A Disease Once Sacred, John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001, M.J. Eadie and P.F. Bladin
Complete: Eadie MJ, Bladin PF. A disease once sacred: a history of the medical understanding of epilepsy. Eastleigh: John Libbey; 2001. p. 176.
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Synonymns for Cantharides

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Cantharides

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Cantharides in the Treatment of Epilepesy

Basic Science

Animal Studies

Cohort, Case-Control and Non-Randomized Trials

Randomized Controlled Trials


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T Mildner
[Treatment of the "falling sickness" in the 18th century]. [Die Behandlung der "Fallenden Sucht" im 18.Jahrhundert.]
Med Klin: 1966, 61(50);2014-7
[PubMed:4869823] [] (P p)



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