My wip is set in 1867. One of my characters is a doctor. Here are a couple of questions:
How much laudanum would be needed to give pain control to a four-year-old? How much for an adult male? How would it be administered--diluted in water, or swallowed straight?
First thing to understand about laudanum is that it is an opiate based pain killer. Its contemporary counterparts would be drugs like Fentanyl and Morphine. Therefore, it could have the same type of adverse reactions that these drugs have. If a patient were to receive too much, their respiratory drive could slow down and/or stop. Also, these are not uncommon drugs to have an allergic reaction to.
I found a great resource for Ann. It's an old medical text written by Dr. Chase, a physician during this time period. I was able to link to the exact information she needed. You can view it here: