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Nor vet has the tree called "rhus"1 any Latin name, although it is employed in numerous ways. Under this name are comprehended a wild plant,2 with leaves like those of myrtle, and a short stem, which is good as an expellent of tapeworm; and the shrub3 which is known as the "currier's plant," of a reddish colour, a cubit in height, and about the thickness of one's finger, the leaves of which are dried and used, like pomegranate rind, for curing leather.

Medical men also employ the leaves of these plants for the treatment of contusions, and for the cure of cœliac affections, and of ulcers of the rectum and phagedænic sores; for all which purposes they are pounded with honey and applied with vinegar. A decoction of them is injected for suppurations of the ears. With the branches, boiled, a stomatice4 is also made, which is used for the same purposes as that prepared from mulberries;5 it is more efficacious, however, mixed with alum. This preparation is applied also to reduce the swelling in dropsy.

1 See B. xiii. c. 13. The sumach-tree; the Rhus coriaria of Linnæus.

2 Identified by Fée with the Coriaria myrtifolia of Linnæus, or myrtle-leaved sumach. It is used in the preparation of leather, Fée says, and is intensely poisonous.

3 The sumach-tree.

4 Or "mouth-medicine." See B. xxii. c. 11, and B. xxiii. cc. 58 and 71.

5 See B. xxiii. c. 71.

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