Alexandria Library, Special Collections Document of the Month
". . . let me know what you think of my constant use of opium . . ."
The author of this month's document was in sad shape. His friends had advised him to take opium in order to break his addiction to laudanum, but it was clearly a case of the remedy being worse than the disease. The gentleman, who identified himself only as "M Porterfield", was pleading with his doctor for help. The document is undated, but someone has written "c. 1850" in pencil on the top of the first page.
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