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Cinchona Bark (quinine)


Unit weight: 1oz

According to legend, the first European ever to be cured from malaria fever was the countess of Chinchón, the wife of the Spanish Luis Jerónimo de Cabrera, 4th Count of Chinchón - the Viceroy of Peru. The namesake Chinchón is a small town in central Spain. In the Viceroyalty of Peru, the court physician was summoned and urged to save the countess from the waves of fever and chill that were threatening her life, but every effort failed to relieve her. At last the physician administered some medicine which he had obtained from the local Indians, who had been using it for similar symptoms. The countess survived the malarial attack and reportedly brought the cinchona bark back with her when she returned to Europe in the 1640s. Today it is used to make tonic water.