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  • noun barbiturate that is a white odorless slightly bitter powder (trade name Seconal) used as a sodium salt for sedation and to treat convulsions


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  • Barbiturates such as Seconal depress the nervous system, and were made famous in Jacqueline Susann's 1966 novel

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  • He swallowed Benzedrine every morning for twenty years, from 1938 onward, balancing its effect with the barbiturate Seconal when he wanted to sleep.

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  • But Fadiman, who died in 1999 at age 95, held with "neither the Benzedrine nor Seconal school"; he read Trollope simply for pleasure.

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  • The only thing that made morphine more attractive than Seconal was the fact that it is a common palliative drug for dying patients, while Seconal is a sleeping pill.

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  • I was still reeling from the abrupt interjection of Seconal into the conversation, the bald mention of death.

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  • Katherine Kenton watches her life flicker past in black and white, old reels of her as Queen Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great, as she reads a Lillian Hellman script where Lillian carries an atom bomb to Iwo Jima and sucks on her Nembutal and Seconal, medication you definitely won't be needing if you carry on reading.

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  • She eventually augmented alcohol with various drugs, including Seconal, which Burton himself would use to steady himself during his frequent attempts to stop drinking.

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  • “Although not as quick and painless as Seconal,” my mother said.

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  • My mother had just joined the society, and someone in their Texas headquarters had suggested she approach Dr. Harmon to see if she was a good candidate for “self-deliverance,” as Humphry calls it, and, if so, to request a prescription for Seconal.

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  • Hidden behind those books, on a shelf just below eye level, are sixty tablets of Seconal, a potent sleeping aid.

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