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In the Arms of Morpheus : the Tragic History of Laudanum, Morphine and Patent Medicines.

Author: Barbara Hodgson
Publisher: New York : Greystone Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 nineteenth-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 under the guise of medical use in the form of laudanum and patent medicines, and as pure, undisguised  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hodgson, Barbara.
In the Arms of Morpheus : The Tragic History of Laudanum, Morphine and Patent Medicines.
New York : Greystone Books, ©2008
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Hodgson
ISBN: 9781926706627 1926706625
OCLC Number: 787844171
Description: 1 online resource (165 pages)
Contents: Introduction: In the Arms of Morpheus; The Search for Health: Opium's Role in the Evolution of Medicine; Drink Me: Laudanum and Other Traditional Opium Medicines; The Possessed: Morphine; I Like It! I Want It! Patent Medicines from Cradle to Grave; Opiomania: Criminalization Breaks the Poppy's Spell; Appendix: Opium at the Movies; Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z.

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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 nineteenth-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 under the guise of medical use in the form of laudanum and patent medicines, and as pure, undisguised morphine. In the Arms of Morpheus examines how opium eating--the drinking of laudanum for medical reasons--became, in the nineteenth century, an everyday safeguard against pain, pove.

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