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Title:  Monograph on lilium tigrinum / by Wm. E. Payne.
Author: Payne, W. E. (William Edward), b. 1815.
Collection:  Making of America Books
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4 ILIU'M TIGRINUr.M But the botanical distinctions are very marked, and easily recognized by those who have but a limited knowledge of botany. The Tiger Lily, so far as known, has been regarded and cul tivated only as a garden ornament. But it has been long known to botanists as belonging to a tribe of plants which has furnished several therapeutic agents of great value, of which the Aloe; Allium Sativum, (garlic ); Allium Cepa, ( onion); Scillse Maratima, (squill); Asparaguls; Draccena Draco, (dragon's blood); and Convallaria polygonatum (Solomon's seal); are conspicuous examples. The Lilium Candiumrn, (white lily), which belongs to the same family, is also traditionally credited with important uterine medicinal properties. In view, then, of this botanical relationship the inference was entirely legitimate that the Lilium Tigrinum possessed valuable medicinal properties. The reported death of a child in convulsions by eating the pollen of the flower, suggested the idea of proving the drug, and the hope of finding in it additional means of combatting the sometimes lormidable convulsions arising from acute and chronic meningeal irritation, prompted the execution of the work. Though the hope is not realized in the proving, yet the promise in a class of diseases, which from their multiplicity have become the bane of female happiness, is sufficiently strong to inspire confident expectations that this drug will henceforth hold an important place in the Homceopathic Materia Medica. The provings, fifteen in all, were made with the tinctures, or attenuations prepared therefrom, of either the whole plant with the flowers combined, or the pollen alone, gathered in the months of August and September, when the plant was in full maturity. No difference was observed in the disease-begetting power of the plant and the pollen. Both seemed equally potent in developing symptoms. Several of the provings were made under the supervision of our able colleague, Prof. Carroll Dunham, of New York city, the most important of which is indicated by the letter WV; one, a very valuable proving, indicated by the letter F, under the direction of Dr. Win. Gallupe, of Bangor, Maine, who is a careful observer; and one, indicated by the letter Y, under the eye of Dr. J. W. Savage, of Wiscasset, Maine, to each of whom, on behalf of the profession, as well as in acknowledgement of personal favors, I return sincere thanks.