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ar·row poi·son

1. Synonym(s): curare
2. any natural toxin used to coat arrows, spears, and darts (for example, extracts containing aconitin, ouabain, cardiac glycosides, batrachotoxin, curare).
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Follows a historical documentation of how the Europeans influenced the discovery of medicinal plants from Africa and a chapter about Amazonian Indians including only information on arrow poisons, narcotics and stimulants used by the Yanomani and other Amazonian tribes.
The first part includes two fascinating chapters--a lively introduction into the social uses of alkaloids in human history, followed by a detailed anthropological and pharmacological survey of arrow poisons, some of which are still used in Africa and South America for hunting and tribal warfare.