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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 663 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PANACEA (Gr. lravaKeia, all-healing, from was, all, and aueioOae, to heal), a universal remedy, or cure for all diseases, a term applied in the middle ages to a mythical herb supposed to possess this quality. Many herbs have had the power of curing all diseases attributed to them, and have hence had the name of " all-heal "; such have been, among others, the mistletoe, the woundwort (Stachys palustris), the yarrow or milfoil, and the great valerian.
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