Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker here since 2008.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Food for thought.

Chloral hydrate
often called merely 'chloral'
was the first manufactured hypnotic drug
(after the opiate laudanum, often referred to
merely as 'my drops') which could be taken orally.

It was widely used by the middle and upper classes
in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods
– and in 'Mental Institutions' up to World War Two.

Like most such drugs it is addictive,
but, according to Wikipedia,
'left patients much more refreshed after a deep sleep
than more recently invented sedatives.'

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