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Reference WMS/Amer.148
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Level Item
Extent 8. ff.
Title Yagé
Date 1927
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Name Holmes, Edward Morell, 1843-1940.

Copy (of a) Report on Yagé.

Holograph draft (on rectos only).

Holmes refers to a conversation initiated by Sir H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) on a South American drug 'causing clairvoyant and telepathic effects', to the identification of the drug, and to the writer's attempts at trial with a tincture prepared by W.H. Martindale (1875?-1933) on 'some of our leading scientific Spiritualists ... including Sir A. Conan Doyle, Professor (Sir) Oliver Lodge, & Sir (W.) F. Barrett.'

The author, aware of difficulties of identification and nomenclature, describes indigenous methods of preparation, and refers to a full account of the drug by A. Rouhier in Bulletin des Sciences Pharmacologiques, 1926, 33, 252-261, and to South American work on it.

Produced in London.

See Martindale (1977), p. 883 for a succinct account of the alkaloidal relationship of yagé (Colombia), with caapi (Brazil and Colombia), and with the better known ayahuasca (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia).

Acquisition Details Purchased in April 1931
Accession Number 57888B.
Access Status Open
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Language English
Physical Description 23x15 cm. Unbound.
Finding Aids Described in: Robin Price, An Annotated Catalogue of Medical Americana in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1983).
Related Material

In the Wellcome Library:

A letter by Sir H. Rider Haggard is held as MS.8716.

Relevant Publications Published with little alteration as "Note on Yagé", Pharmaceutical Journal, 1927, 4 ser., 65, 111-112.
MaterialType Archives - Non-digital
System No. 84231af3-dff4-4451-aa0f-0f0ed62eb019

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Doyle; Sir; Arthur Ignatius Conan (1859-1930)