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Hodgson, Barabara (2001) In the arms of morpheus: the tragic history of laudanum, morphine, and patent medicines. Buffalo: Firefly Books .

The follow-up to the widely praised Opium, In The Arms of Morpheus is the shocking story of how a simple but bewitching substance, touted as a miracle drug, enslaved unwitting generations of 19th century writers, artists and ordinary citizens. Extracted from opium, the sap of the poppy, this popular drug was welcomed into the homes of rich and poor alike, in the guise of medicinal uses in the form of laudanum and opium elixirs, and as pure, undisguised morphine.

Laudanum contained opium, saffron, cinnamon and alcohol. In the spirit of 19th century progress, other opium concoctions were created and a whole industry in quackery erupted. In both Britain and North America, opium was mixed with everything imaginable: mercury, hashish, cayenne pepper, ether, chloroform, belladonna and whisky, sherry, wine and brandy.


Item Type
Book
Publication Type
International, Book
Drug Type
Opioid, Prescription/Over the counter
Date
2001
Call No
BL, PN4
Pages
152 p.
Publisher
Firefly Books
Place of Publication
Buffalo
ISBN
1-55297-538-X
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 902 (Available)

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