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Cinchona officinalis (family Rubiaceae) is a tree from the Andes whose bark contains the alkaloids quinine and quinidine. “Jesuit's bark”, as it was called, was discovered in Europe after 1630 to be valuable in treating malaria. It also became widely used for fevers in general, and in 1749 de Senac found by chance that “Long and rebellious palpitations have ceded to …
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