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CHINCHON, Countess of, Spanish lady, wife of the viceroy of Peru. While residing in that country she became acquainted with the virtues of Peruvian bark, and when she returned to Spain, in 1632, took with her a quantity of the medicinal plant and introduced its use into Europe, first employing it for the cure of malarial fevers about 1640. In honor of her, Linnseus gave the name cinchona to the genus of plants yielding the bark.
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