Medicine: Tea for Two

When old wives' recipes are recognized by doctors, many a skeptical layman feels cheered up. Last week the British Lancet brought such cheerful news to U.S. readers : that it is quite possible that raspberry leaves "boyled in water, fastneth the teeth and loosneth the babies."

The old recipe for making childbearing easy had finally been given a scientific once-over by two experimenters: Dr. J. H. Burn and Pharmacologist E. R. Withell. In a series of delicate experiments, they tried raspberry-leaf tea on a number of cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits. Results: in almost every case the brew relaxed the uterus, stopped...

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