Re: Atropine eye drops

John Stone (
Mon, 21 Dec 1998 21:02:01 -0600

It's awfully hard not to note the definiton of belladonna, as found in The Devils
Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce: "In Italian a beautiful lady. In English a deadly
poison. This merely shows the striking similarity between the two languages."

Earl Needham wrote:

> At 05:57 PM 12/21/98 -0500, Bruno Tilgner wrote:
> >Rob Matson asked:
> >
> >
> >< (On a side note, I wonder if belladonna (atropine) increases
> >> adult dilated pupil size back to childhood levels?
> >
> >Yes it does for a couple of hours, although atropine is not used any more
> >by opthalmologists because of undesirable side effects.
>         Hmm.  I just had an eye exam last week, and guess what eye drops were
> used?  Atropine.
>         Well -- US military medicine has a lot of jokes about it...
>         Earl
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