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Perry Davis' Pain Killer: America's First Nationally Advertised Drug for Analgesia?

  • David Sharrah
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    Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA
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  • George S. Bause
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    Corresponding author at: 5247 Wilson Mills Rd, No. 282, Cleveland, OH, 44143-3016.
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    Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA

    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, 2124 Cornell Rd, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA

    Honorary Curator and Laureate of the History of Anesthesia, Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, American Society of Anesthesiologists, 1061 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL, 60173-4973, USA
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      Highlights

      • Perry Davis' Pain Killer was an American opium elixir marketed globally after 1839.
      • Donated Pain Killer accompanied missionaries opposed to use of opium and alcohol.

      Abstract

      Perry Davis’ Pain Killer, a combination of opium, alcohol, and other substances, was formulated in 1839 and marketed successfully worldwide within 4 decades as both an internal and external pain remedy.
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