December 13th, 2011

Prescription drugs in 1940s England

My character is a doctor in England during WWII.  I'd like to know what sort of painkillers and/or sedatives he might nick from the hospital to have at home for the occasions when paracetemol isn't enough.  Pills only--I don't think he'd keep syringes.  In the source material, a character is given a serious painkiller from the doctor's medicine cabinet at home, and when he asks what it is, someone tells him "it's something he gets from the hospital. It's probably addictive . . . so I shan't tell you."

What might this drug be, and what other drugs might he keep around? So far, I'm thinking Barbital and pethedine, and maybe morphine.   

Also, would he use the generic names or trade names?



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little_details entries tagged medicine:drugs; 1940s
painkillers 1940s, sedatives 1940s, and various permutations thereof