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n.1.(Med.) A substance employed as a hypnotic, produced by the union of mercaptan and acetone.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It was here that James would take his last breath after prescriptions of Valentine's meat juice, Du Barry's Revalenta Arabica invalid food, sulphonal, nitroglycerine, cocaine, phosphoric acid and Fowler's solution of arsenic failed to restore him.
they stuff up the cracks of their doors and quietly turn on the gas; they go into their back sheds or back kitchens and eat ant-paste or swallow Lysol; they drive their cars into dark alleys, get into the back seat and shoot themselves; they hang themselves in hotel bedrooms, take overdoses of sulphonal or barbital; they slip off to the municipal golf-links and there stab themselves with carving-knives; or they throw themselves into the bay, blue and placid, where gray battleships and cruisers guard the limits of their broad-belting nation--already reaching out in the eighties for the sugar plantations of Honolulu.