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Paper, 'Preliminary notice on the arrow-poison of the Wa Nyika [Manyika] and other tribes of East Equatorial Africa [Kenya, Uganda], with special reference to the chemical properties and pharmacological action of the wood from which it is prepared' by Thomas Richard Fraser and Joseph Tillie

Reference number: PP/21/7

Date: 1893

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The authors write: 'Burton, Cameron, and other travellers have given accounts of much interest of an arrow-poison used in warfare and in the chase by the Wa Nyika, Wa Kamba, Wa Gyriama, and other tribes of Eastern Equatorial Africa. The poison was stated to be prepared from the wood of the stem and root of a tree, which, however, was not botanically identified. Several years ago, an opportunity was given to one of us to examine poisoned arrows, and the poison used in smearing them, of the Wa Nyika tribe.'

Annotations in pencil and ink.

Subject: Toxicology / Pharmacology / Anthopology

Received 6 March 1893 / 14 March 1893. Read 23 March 1893.

A version of this paper was published in volume 53 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'Preliminary notice on the arrow-poison of the Wa Nyika and other tribes of East Equatorial Africa, with special reference to the chemical properties and pharmacological action of the wood from which it is prepared'.

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PP/21/7
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1893
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Ink and graphite pencil on paper
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20 pages
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Manuscript

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Thomas Richard Fraser

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Thomas Richard Fraser, Paper, 'Preliminary notice on the arrow-poison of the Wa Nyika [Manyika] and other tribes of East Equatorial Africa [Kenya, Uganda], with special reference to the chemical properties and pharmacological action of the wood from which it is prepared' by Thomas Richard Fraser and Joseph Tillie, 1893, PP/21/7, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/pp_21_7/paper-preliminary-notice-on-the-arrow-poison-of-the-wa-nyika-manyika-and-other-tribes-of-east-equatorial-africa-kenya-uganda-with-special-reference-to-the-chemical-properties-and-pharmacological-action-of-the-wood-from-which-it-is-prepared-by-thomas-richard-fraser-and-joseph-tillie, accessed on 24 July 2024

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