Monday, August 25, 2008

The Fever of Laudanum

“Ever since my recovery from the fever I had been in the custom of taking every night a small quantity of laudanum” (174).

Laudanum is a form of medicine made from a tincture of opium. Its creation can be credited to Paracelsus, one of Frankenstein’s inspirers. Laudanum has the ability to relieve pain, insomnia, and diarrhea. Frankenstein uses it to put himself to sleep after the death of his friend Clerval.

Works Cited:
Harding, Stephen, Lee Ann Olivier, and Olivera Jokic. "Victorians and Laudanum." Victorians' Secret. 2000. 23 Aug. 2008 .

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