Cinchona samples

These samples of various kinds of Cinchona wood can be seen in a show case of the Musée des Plantes Médicinales et de la Pharmacie, inside the Institute of Pharmacy of the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels (Bd du Triomphe, B-1050). The active ingredient of Cinchona, the quinine, was isolated and named for the first time in 1820 by French researchers Pierre Joseph Pelletier and Joseph Bienaimé Caventou; it remained for a long time the only effective antimalarial drug1.

  • Photo by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l# | (August 2009)

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