At one time, as in the case of Blechingdon, they would perform strange exploits worthy of the most daring hussars; at another their speed and tenacity paralyses armies.
==Pharmacology of Aconite and Aconitine== Aconite first stimulates and later paralyses the nerves of pain, touch and temperature, if applied to the skin, broken or unbroken, or to a mucous membrane; the initial tingling therefore gives place to a longcontinued anaesthetic action.
The poison of the sting is similar to snake-poison (Calmette), and rapidly paralyses animals which are not immune to it.
The acid is capable of passing through the unbroken skin, whereupon it instantly paralyses the sensory nerves.
It is indicated in paralyses (chiefly functional), and is most valuable in the treatment of post-diphtheritic paralysis.
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