Spigelia Marilandica.—This grows in North America. It is anthelmintic, and noted for its expulsion of lumbrici worms from the alimentary canal. Some order it in doses of 10 or 15 grains, others in drachm doses, alleging that the nervous affections it sometimes produces, more readily happen from small doses; while the larger doses purge or vomit. Some give an infusion of Indian Pink and Senna for worms of all kinds. Infused in wine, it has been found useful in intermittent fevers. Dr. Barton recommends it in the insidious remittent fever of children, which often lays the foundation of water in the head.
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