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by Hannah Leitheiser

Godfrey's Cordial

The Condition of the Working Class in England

Friedrich Engels

1845

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2018-08-11

One of the most injurious of these patent medicines is a drink prepared with opiates, chiefly laudanum, under the name Godfrey's Cordial. Women who work at home, and have their own and other people's children to take care of, give them this drink to keep them quiet, and, as many believe, to strengthen them. They often begin to give this medicine to newly born children, and continue, without knowing the effects of this "heart's-ease", until the children die. - Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845)

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