The Quest for Oblivion
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BLURBS #"Dr Snow gave that blessed chloroform and the effect was soothing, quieting and delightful beyond measure."
-- Queen Victoria, 1853
"I contend that we violate the boundaries of a most noble profession when, in our capacity as medical men, we urge or seduce our fellow creatures for the sake of avoiding pain alone--pain unconnected with danger--to pass into a state of existence the secrets of which we know so little at present..."
-- Dr James Parke, 1847
"[Chloroform is]...a decoy of Satan, apparently offering to bless woman; but, in the end it will harden society and rob God of the deep earnest cries, which arise in time of trouble for help."
-- A Clergyman, 19th Century