Datura Stramonium. (Jamestown Weed.)
The Stramonium is a very active agent, and yet I have not been able to determine any important medicinal use for its internal administration. I doubt whether it exerts any medicinal effect in its common external application; the good influence, if any, coming from the fomentation in the one case, or the alcohol when used as a tincture.
An ointment, prepared by boiling the fresh leaves in mutton tallow, furnishes an excellent local application for hemorrhoids, and ulceration of mucous surfaces.
Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.