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Alectorius: a parasympathomimetic stone?

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Joaquin Carrasco
Joaquin Carrasco
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Farmacia Dr Joaquín Carrasco, Máximo Cayón W. 16, 24005-León, Spain
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Christopher J. Duffin
Christopher J. Duffin
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Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
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146 Church Hill Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 8NF, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2017

Abstract:

Lapidaries, or books on stones, formed a historical literary genre which compiled information on the nature and properties of various stones together with their therapeutic applications. One of the mythical stones described in these lapidaries is the Cock Stone or Alectorius. For the most part, authors agree upon both its origins inside the body and its therapeutic uses, although opinion differs as to the exact organ from which it was obtained. It may represent a biliary calculus. The healing properties cited for the Cock Stone are, at first sight, unrelated. However, when viewed in the light of modern physiological understanding, the pharmacological properties ascribed to Alectorius may be related to the effects of parasympathomimetic substances.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Geology and Medicine: Historical Connections

C.J. Duffin
C.J. Duffin
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C. Gardner-Thorpe
C. Gardner-Thorpe
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R. T. J. Moody
R. T. J. Moody
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Geological Society of London
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452
ISBN electronic:
9781786203335
Publication date:
January 01, 2017

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