Medicine: Safer Narcotic

U.S. doctors have lately been hearing about a new drug so powerful that it may eventually replace morphine as the standard painkiller. The drug is a German invention that U.S. researchers have variously called amidone, methadon and dolophine (TIME, April 28). It has been under intensive study in scores of U.S. hospitals. Last week the American Medical Association Journal published an encouraging verdict by a team of U.S. Public Health Service investigators. Among other things, amidone has proved helpful in treating morphine addicts.

Amidone itself is definitely habit-forming. Because a single factory could...

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