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Describing the ecperiments he has made intreating fevers with a powder made from the bark of the white willow, sometimes called the dutch willow [Salix alba]. [The active substance is now known to be salicylic acid].

Subject: Botany

Published in Philosophical Transactions, as 'An account of the success of the bark of the willow in the cure of agues. In a letter to the Right Honourable George Earl of Macclesfield, President of R. S. from the Rev. Mr. Edward Stone, of Chipping-Norton in Oxfordshire'

Read 2 June 1763

Reference number
L&P/4/161
Earliest possible date
25 April 1763
Physical description
Ink on paper
Page extent
4 pages
Format
Manuscript

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Letter, 'Of willow-bark in ague' from Edward Stone to George Parker, 25 April 1763, L&P/4/161, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/l-and-p_4_161/letter-of-willow-bark-in-ague-from-edward-stone-to-george-parker, accessed on 16 June 2024

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