Medicine: Morphine Substitute

Morphine is the best pain-killing drug that doctors know. But it has grave defects: it is habit-forming, makes many patients sick, gradually weakens in its effect until bigger & bigger doses must be given. A new drug which seems to be a great improvement on morphine is now being studied by the U.S. Public Health Service and other researchers. The new drug, amidone, appears much less likely to cause addiction than morphine.

Amidone was developed by German chemists about 1941. It was brought to the U.S. by a team of scientists who learned of it while investigating a German chemical plant at...

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