Hippocrates to Harrison : Schomburgk


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Schomburgk, Moritz Richard, 1811-1891
On the urari: the deadly arrow-poison of the Macusis, an Indian tribe in British Guiana.
Adelaide : E. Spiller, Acting Govt. Pr., 1879.

Image from Schomburgk Uraril

This remarkable book was published in Adelaide by the Government Printer with a forward by the Governor. At the time of publication Schomburgk was Director of the Botanic Gardens in Adelaide but the book describes his experiences in British Guiana where he accompanied his more famous brother Robert on a journey of exploration in the 1840s. He then spent some time working in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris before fleeing from Prussian political oppression in 1849 and emigrating with a third brother to South Australia. All three brothers were associated with Baron van Humboldt and his scientific projects. The main medical interest of this book is the section about treatment of tetanus with curare.

RB 1579.34