Medicine: Painkiller

Physicians, to whom morphine is familiar as the best painkiller known to medical science, and addicts, whom in the end it turns into pain-racked skeletons, found much interest in the announcement last week of a synthetic painkiller, which researchers claim is as good as morphine but safer and less habit-forming.

The new synthetic, first made by Germany's I. G. Farbenindustrie in 1939, is an organic chemical with a freight-train name, known as Demerol for short. It is not yet on the market.

For three years Chemist David Climenko of Alba Pharmaceutical Co. has been checking Demerol's effect on animals. Last week in Boston,...

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