The Strong-Scented Lettuce: agrees with L. Sativa in botanical characters and medical properties. The inspissated juice is sedative and narcotic, and as such has been proposed as a substitute for Opium.

Dote of the inspissated juice (Lactucarium), gr. v. - gr. xx.

1704. Therapeutic Uses

In Dropsical Affections, the inspissated juice was first employed by Dr. Collin, of Vienna. He states, that of twenty-four cases treated with it, all but one recovered under its use. He found it to agree well with the stomach, to quench thirst, to be gently laxative, powerfully diuretic, and somewhat diaphoretic. He employed it in doses of gr. xxx. daily, gradually increased to 5iij. Subsequent experience has failed to realize any benefit from it.

1705. In Angina Pectoris, Schlesinger§; derived advantage from the extract of Lactuca Virosa, in doses of two grains, combined with half a grain of Digitalis, repeated every two hours.

1706. In Hooping-Cough, the extract appears occasionally to exercise a beneficial influence. It proved successful in the hands of Dr. Gumprecht|| and others.