The rise and demise of the “Brompton Cocktail”

Clark, D. (2003) The rise and demise of the “Brompton Cocktail”. In: Meldrum, M.L. (ed.) Opioids and Pain Relief: A Historical perspective. Series: Progress in Pain Research and Management (25). IASP Press: Seattle, WA, pp. 85-98. ISBN 9780931092473

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The so-called Brompton cocktail is a pain-relieving elixir that was championed by hospice innovators in Britain, taken up in many parts of the world, and then swiftly abandoned in the face of research evidence that questioned its efficacy and brought about its demise. This chapter identifies the clinical purposes that supported the Brompton cocktail and outlines how these came to be served by other approaches within the emerging hospice armamentarium. It also shows how a particular technology of care was disaggregated into a set of clinical, pharmacological, and practical problems through a series of studies conducted by one of the first research programs in modern palliative medicine.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Professor David
Authors: Clark, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Progress in Pain Research and Management
Publisher:IASP Press

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