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Morphine In WW1
Transcript of Morphine In WW1
What is Morphine?
Morphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid can also be classified as a narcotic.
Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting formulations are taken as needed for pain
During the war, morphine would be taken either orally, dusted on or through a syrette, which is similar to a syringe.
morphine addiction was referred to as soldiers disease. It was used to alleviate pain but is highly addictive.
Monday, February 17, 1941
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Morphine Use in WW1
-Morphine was used to relieve immediate suffering and sickness of soldiers
-It was used to treat pain as well as diarrhea and dysentery
-Because of the high usage of morphine in WW1, there became a high addiction rate. Addiction to morphine because widely know as "the army disease"
-Morphine caused as many as 200000-500000 cases of addiction after WW1.
The History of Morphine in the War
Giving morphine to wounded soldiers was first introduced during the civil war in 1861.
It was the most reliable drug in the medicine cabinet and was used extensively by surgeons as a pain reliever.
The hypodermic syringe, introduced in 1850, allowed a quick and effective way to administer morphine.