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Opium is a non-scientific common name that may refer to a number of plant species and varieties.


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Historical Use of Opium

Opium in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Opium in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: [WRITTEN UNDER THE SUBSECTION OF "OPIUM" IN THE CHAPTER ON TREATMENT] "In the "status epilepticus," in which attacks recur with great frequency for several days, and in which bromide often fails entirely, I have known hypodermic injections of morphia, in doses of1/16th of a grain, to be of great service, and Sieveking has found it useful, given by the mouth, in the same state. But morphia is a remedy which can only be employed hypodermically in epileptics with extreme caution. If an attack occurs, and the post-epileptic coma coincides with the sleep induced by morphia, the patient's life is in great danger. For instance, an epileptic, after a surgical operation, was injected with a quarter of a grain of morphia to relieve great pain. As the injection was beginning to take effect, he had a slight epileptic fit, and immediately passed into a condition of profound coma, with infrequent breathing, and it was necessary to maintain artificial respiration for an hour."
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Primary Source: Gowers, WR. Epilepsy and other chronic convulsive diseases. New York. William Wood & Company. 1885. p. 225.


Synonymns for Opium

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Opium

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Opium in the Treatment of Epilepesy

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