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Opioids: a brief history

Cathy Stannard, Michael Coupe and Anthony Pickering

in Opioids in Non-Cancer Pain

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199678075
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191757464 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199678075.003.0001

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Opioids: a brief history

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Opioids have been used recreationally and for the treatment of a variety of ailments for six millennia, with poppy seeds and images having been identified in more ancient cultures. This chapter provides a brief history of opioid use through to the present day.

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Subjects: Clinical Oncology ; Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics ; Pain Medicine

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