Jesuit's bark


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Jes·u·it's bark

(jĕzh′o͞o-ĭts, jĕz′o͞o-, -yo͞o-)
n.

[So called because it was first known to Europeans through Jesuit missions in Peru.]
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Noun1.Jesuit's bark - medicinal bark of cinchona treesJesuit's bark - medicinal bark of cinchona trees; source of quinine and quinidine
chinchona, cinchona - any of several trees of the genus Cinchona
bark - tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
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Smallpox and common illnesses are repeatedly described, as are remedies such as Jesuit's Bark and bloodletting.
Next time you catch inexplicable chill on a hot day in the jungle and an old country doctor prescribes "powders of the countess" ground from "Jesuit's bark" peeled off a "fever tree," you probably have a touch of malaria, and what you will be taking is quinine, which for centuries in one form or another has been the best treatment.
PAN BOOKS have published Mark Honigsbaum's The Fever Trail: In Search of the Cure for Malaria ([pounds sterling]7.99) which describes the discovery of Jesuit's Bark or quinine and the developments towards a cure for malaria that sprang from it.