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fever with the first dose. It is so simple a remedy it is
within the power of all to try. If it should prove suc-
cessful the South will be under many obligations to
those gentlemen; they will be viewed in the light of
The Gelseminum Sempervirens, (yellow jessamine-
wild jessamine,) woodbine, is probably engaging at the
present time the widest reputation for the cure of inter-
"The plant was brought into notice, as far as we can
learn, in the following manner: A planter, whose name
we have forgotten, having been laboring under a severe
attack of bilious fever, which seemed to resist all reme-
dial influences, requested one of his servants to collect
a common root growing in his garden, and prepare an
infusion of it for him to drink. The servant, by mis-
take, collected another root, and gave a tea of it to. his
master, who, shortly after swallowing some of it, was
seized with a complete loss and prostration of muscular
power, unable to move a limb, or even raise his eyelids,
although he could hear, and was cognizant of circum-
stances transpiring around him. His friends collected,
expecting every minute to see him breathe his last.
After some hours, he gradually recovered himself, and
was astonished to find that his fever had left him. As-
certaining from his servant what plant it was which
acted in this manner, he collected some of it, and em-
ployed it successfully on his own plantation, as well as
among his neighbors. The success of this article finally
reached the ears of some physician, who prepared from
it a nostrum called "Electrical Febrifuge," which was
disguised with the essence of wintergreen. The plant
was the yellow jessamine.
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Massie, J. Cam. A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine, book, 1854; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143817/m1/95/: accessed April 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.