Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medicinal Uses: With Practical Remarks on Dropsy and other Diseases (facsimile)

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1968

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Hist. Coll. QV153 W823

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London: Broomleigh Press

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In 1542, the German physician and botanist, Leonard Fuchs (1501-66), gave the plant foxglove the name digitalis. He thought it looked like a Fingerhut, or thimble, so he latinized it to digitalis. This perennial is often used to control heart rates. Withering wrote: ‘The leaves – If well dried they readily rub down to a beautiful green powder . . . I give to adults, from one to three grains of this powder twice a day.’

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William Withering, “An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medicinal Uses: With Practical Remarks on Dropsy and other Diseases (facsimile) ,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed May 26, 2019, http://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/11073.

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