Heroin originally believed to be a safer alternative to morphine
I A C I IDCTITI ITF H OUVO I I I U I L. FOR MORPHINE. PROF. DUES E It, the Berlin authority on the use of opiates, has discovered a substance which seems to possess all the beneficial qualities of morphine without the evil principle which makes the drus a curse to so many. The new preparation is called heroin. According to private accounts, the inventor seems willing to give the chemical analysts of the new drug to the world free. However, on that point nothing has been definitely settled and heroin, like diphtheria serum, maj; become a monopoly. Its chief beneficial qualities are described by Prof. Drcser as follows: "It deadens sensibility without causing mental exaltation. In the latter respect it differs entirely from morphine, which acts first as a stimulant and again puts the patient to sleep. It leaves no after effects, the patients after its use having neither thirst nor dryness, of the mouth. It may, therefore, b used without hesitation by any one afflicted with bronchitis, violent coughing or pneumonia. In fact, it induces regular breathing and has a quieting effect on respiration." Medical Councilor Dr. Gerhardt of Berlin has experimented on 50 persons, men, women and children, with heroin. He says thai the drug cured almost Instantly violent fits of coughing. Patients who had become so used to morphine that their doses had to be increased all the time, were put to sleep by small injections of heroin, and the sleep seemed to do them good. They breathed deeply and regularly. Only a few old-time opium fiends resisted heroin, but this resistance may have been caused by a craze for morphine or because they thought they couldn't do without the drug. Though morphine Is not as liable ar opium and laudanum to bring on nausea and headache, say the doctors, the fact re mains that it does bring on these conditions, if used habitually. Dr. Gebhardt says: "After a dose of heroin, or even a series of heroin Injections, our patients awake with a normal appetite and a head free from pain. This, I consider one of the greatest boons that can be conferred upon sufferers from certain diseases in which opiates are Indispensable. Morphine, opium and laudanum are Invaluable staples of medicine, but they have rulnd many digestions." The doctors furthermore dwell on the fact that there Is no danger of acquiring the heroin habit. This Is because heroin produces no agreeable mental sensations. Teople who must take heroin no more clamor for it than persons induced by phy ideal conditions to take unpleasant medicines.