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The ancient drug opium

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dc.contributor.author Dircksen, Marianne Rinske
dc.contributor.author Julyan, Marlene
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-31T10:57:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-31T10:57:11Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Julyan, M. & Dircksen, M.R. 2011. The ancient drug opium. Akroterion: journal for the classics in South Africa, 56:75-90. [http://akroterion.journals.ac.za] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0303-1896
dc.identifier.issn 2079-2883 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7166
dc.description.abstract The use of papaver somniferum (from the Latin fero ferre = ‘tobear/bring’ and somnium = ‘sleep’) as a narcotic, goes backto the 13th century BC. The works of ancient authors such asDioscorides, Celsus, Galen, Theophrastus and Pliny the Elderprovide us with detailed information about the morphology of theplant, its processing and the administration of the drug.1 Theseauthors make it clear that opium was mainly employed as anodyneand narcotic but they also documented its use as a drug inthe treatment of a variety of ailments, either as one of manyingredients in a medicinal recipe or as the main ingredient.Modern botanical and pharmaceutical analysis of the plant and itsactive ingredients provide us with some surprising conclusionsregarding its effectiveness in the treatment of the medical conditionsfor which it was prescribed in the 1st and 2nd century. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Stellenbosch en_US
dc.title The ancient drug opium en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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