Mudcat Café message #3467662 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25627   Message #3467662
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
17-Jan-13 - 01:42 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Soldier's Joy
Subject: RE: Origins: Soldier's Joy
Another reason (as if one were needed) to doubt that "Soldier's Joy" meant "morphine" is that in the nineteenth century morphine was associated primarily with the relief of pain, not with getting high for the hell of it - an idea sensationalized by the press in the 1920s.

Soldiers and surgeons who saw that morphine was highly addictive would hardly have considered that to be a "joy." After a while, addicts need the drug just to feel normal.