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Victorian Medicine–painkillers

February 27, 2011

A few more things about the use of painkillers in Victorian medicine from one of my favorite blogs, Slip into Something Victorian. 

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“Hyoscyamus (Hyosyamus niger). Herb. Henbane is a powerful narcotice, and unlike Opium does not constipate the bowels, but possesses a laxitive tendency. . . it may be employed. . .in allaying pain, calming the mind, inducing sleep and arresting spasms. . . .Dose–Alcoholic extract, one-half to two grains; fluid extract five to ten drops; concentrated principle–Hyoscyamin–one-twelfth to one-fourth of a grain”

“Poison Hemock (Conimum Maculatum). . .Dose–of fluid extract, two to six drops; solid extract, one-fourth to one-half grain.”

“Belladona (Atropa Belladona). . .The Deadly Nightshade is a valuable, although in lage doses, a powerful agent. . .in medicinal doses, it is anodyne, antispasmodic, diaphoretic and diuretic. Excellent in neualgia, epilepsy, mania, amaurosis, whooping-cough, stricture, rigidity of the os uteri, and is a prophylactic (preventive) of Scarlet Fever. Its influence upon the nervous centers is remarkable, relaxing the blood vessels on the surface of the body and inducing capillary congestion, redness of the eye, scarlet appearance of the face, tongue and body. Dose–fluid extract, one-half to one drop; tincture, one to two drops.”

“Camphor. This drug is an anodyne, stimulant, diaphorectic, and in lage doses, narcotic and irritant. . .it is an excellent stimulant for liniments. Dose–Of the powder one to fine grains; tincture, ten to twenty drops, in simple syrup.”

via Victorian Medicine–painkillers part 2, the sort of wierd part « Slip Into Something Victorian.

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