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Mandrake, Mandragora officinarum, has hyoscine (scopolamine), an antimuscarinic drug, in its root. Hyoscine is a narcotic and it is remarkable that its use for premedication before surgery has not changed for 2000 years. The herbalist Dioscorides in AD 100 gave mandrake so that “such as shall be cut or cauterised are overborne with deep …

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