Friday, January 21, 2011
Snake Charmer in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) - Sodium Pentothal
Ceylon: Snake Charmer with Cobra
postmarked in 1950 with two Ceylon stamps
the 'Sender' writes:
Ceylon, land of contrast, in its remote areas lived the Veddas, a primitive folk, probably direct descendants of an ancient civilization. But there is another Ceylon, of modern stores, fine hospitals. In them you'll find PENTOTHAL - agent of choice in intravenous anesthesia the world over. - Abbott
sent to a doctor at the General Hospital in Syracuse, New York
the small letters down the center of the postcard are "Pentothal (Thiopental, Abbott) - so this is a very clever advertising postcard for Pentothal!
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Sodium thiopental, better known as Sodium Pentothal (a trademark of Abbott Laboratories), is a rapid-onset short-acting general anaesthetic. It is a drug on the "Essential Drugs List", for any basic healthcare system.
It is used for: anesthesia, medically induced coma, lethal injection, psychiatry, and in some areas of the world it is used in a truth serum.