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53, 685–690. 30 Stratmann, 41. 32 Drink Spiking and Predatory Drugging Stratmann suggests that Simpson and other advocates exaggerated religious objection to ward off other kinds of doubts within medicine, and to counterpose themselves to the Calvinists and traditionalists. Dr. Simpson, in his initial article in The Lancet (1847), described also its obstetric use: I have never had the pleasure of watching over a series of better and more rapid recoveries, nor once witnessed any disagreeable result follow to either mother or child, whilst I have now seen an immense amount of maternal pain and agony saved by its employment …31 The revolution in synthetic anesthesia was troubled especially by the question of its use during childbirth.

But not long after its introduction in 1847 in surgery, specifically by Edinburgh’s James Simpson, it became a feared substance of misuse and suspected foul play. 24 But chloroform plays 23 Linda Stratmann, Chloroform: the Quest for Oblivion, (Gloucestershire, UK: Sutton), 2003. New York Daily Times, “Robberies by Chloroform,” May 15, 1855, 4. Via New York Times Archive. 24 2 Chloral and Its Sisters: Synthetic Genesis and Parallel Demon 29 an interesting case, in that the advocates of its expanded use win for several decades—and chloroform is not so much regulated out of use as it is simply technologically supplanted by the 1920s.

But other analgesics and anethetics were developed alongside chloral and gained acceptance – bromides and early barbiturates, for example. But the specter of abuse, in chloral’s case, emerged quickly. The matter is not entirely that of scientific advantage; culture and politics play a remarkable role. 19 But as chloral was a synthetic and thus a “discovery,” it was assumed to be perfectible in therapeutic use, in contrast to naturally derived substances such as alcohol, cannabinoids, and opiates.

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