Compound spirit of ether, also called Hoffmann's anodyne, Hoffmann's drops, or aetheris spiritus compositus, is a solution of one part diethyl ether in three parts alcohol.[1] It is used traditionally as an anodyne or as a hypnotic. Its use as a drug was introduced by Friedrich Hoffmann.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Werner Gerabek: Enzyklopädie Medizingeschichte. Berlin 2005, p. 610. [1] (in German)
  2. ^ T. Kleij: Zur Entwicklungs- und Herstellungsgeschichte der "Hoffmannstropfen" und ihrer Darstellung und Interpretation in den medizinischen Werken des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Dresden, 2003. (in German)