Some Early Approaches to Relaxation in the United Kingdom

  • J. P. Payne
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It is widely believed that the first mention of curare in the English language appeared in 1595 in Sir Walter Raleigh’s book “The Discoveries of the Rich and Beautiful Empyre of Guyana” and it has even been suggested, with what authority is not known, that Raleigh himself brought curare to England (Mann 1984). However, his involvement has not been universally accepted and Carman (1968) has argued that his description referred to a quite different drug and that Raleigh remained totally ignorant of the existence of curare.


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  • J. P. Payne
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  1. 1.University of LondonWimbledon, LondonUK

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