BENJAMIN BOSHES, M.D.
Drugs to give man a sense of peace or emotional comfort have been used since time immemorial, and have included everything from alcohol, opiates and the solanaceous group through marihuana, bromides, barbiturates and, more recently, a new group of drugs which we include under the general terms "tranquilizers," or ataractics.
Just how did this come about? What was man seeking? Why did he have to avoid certain unpleasant sensory experiences, signals that came into his eyes, ears, nose, tactile system, taste, or combinations thereof? What was going on within his brain that he was seeking a respite even in the
BOSHES B. THE STATUS OF TRANQUILIZING DRUGS—19591. Ann Intern Med. ;52:182–194. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-52-1-182
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