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Carolus Linnaeus, the ash, worm-wood and other anti-malarial plants
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases, ISSN 0036-5548, Vol. 42, no 11-12, 941-942 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 1735 Carolus Linnaeus wrote that quinine was the preferred treatment for malaria but that the bark of the ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and worm-wood (Artemisia absinthium) also had effects on the disease. We here report that lipo- and hydrophilic extracts of the bark of the ash inhibit the in vitro growth of the asexual stages of P. falciparum. The data suggests that the knowledge of the treatment of malaria was already available in Europe some 300 years ago.

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2010. Vol. 42, no 11-12, 941-942 p.
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Infectious Diseases
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51235DOI: 10.3109/00365548.2010.513065ISI: 000284168300025OAI: diva2:387751
authorCount :3Available from: 2011-01-14 Created: 2011-01-10 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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