Medical fads come and go. Back in the day, when my mother suffered from menstrual cramps, what did her doctor prescribe? Morphine.
“I didn’t take it,” she told me. “I feared that I had an addictive personality.”
Mom and how many millions of other people? With morphine, the problem isn’t just about personality. The drug has addictive properties. Yet morphine used to be routinely prescribed by doctors before they figured that out. Morphine and cocaine used to be available from Sears catalogs, along with injection kits.