In presenting this paper, I do not claim to offer anything strikingly new, but it is my purpose to direct anew your attention for thoughtful consideration to one of the most valuable drugs of our newer materia medica. This drug has been known to the profession of this country now for nearly twenty years, but notwithstanding this fact, its medicinal virtues are not generally known among general practitioners, and few of those who use it fully appreciate its capabilities. The drug to which I refer is kola—the seed, or nut, of Sterculia acuminata.
Kola, being, as is now fully established, a general tonic stimulant acting primarily on the cerebrospinal centers, has a wide field of usefulness. Its stimulation is peculiar in that it is tonic in effect and does not leave the secondary depression and "all-gone" feeling which, like the after-effects of the ordinary stimulants, is calculated to gradually develop