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Lewin, Louis. Ueber Areca catechu, Chavica betle und das Betelkauen. Stuttgart: Verlag von Ferdinand Enke, 1889. 8vo (25 cm, 10"). vi, 100 pp.,  f., 2 plts. $250.00
Louis Lewin (1850-1929) is considered one of the most important pharmacologists / toxicologists of the last quarter of the 19th and the first quarter of the 20th century. This is his study of betel-chewing, its history and practice. In Thailand it was used as natural medicine to cure coughing, a sore throat or a rash.
"The passion developed for betel-chewing is unmatched by any other, surpassing the daily frequency and perseverance shown by the individual, longing for almost every other material in use. The Siamese or the Manilese would rather renounce the rice, the support of their life, than the betel-chewing, which has far more power over these people than the smoking of tobacco over it" (our translation from the first chapter, "Verbreitung des Betelkauens").
Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Searches of NUC and WorldCat find only nine U.S. institutions reporting ownership.
Original printed wrappers, with some chipping at edge. Mostly an unopened copy. (39718) Please RESHELVE This.
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