Definition of Brompton cocktail in English:
A powerful painkiller and sedative consisting of vodka or other liquor laced with morphine and sometimes also cocaine.
- His situation degenerated to the point he was downing Brompton cocktails, a mixture of 60 percent morphine, 30 percent cocaine, and 10 percent gin, meant for terminal cancer patients.
- Over the next twenty years of writing and lecturing, Saunders did much to promote this mixture and other variants of the "Brompton Cocktail."
- Certain estimable English doctors were once in the habit of administering to terminally-ill cancer patients an elixir known as the "Brompton cocktail".
late 20th century: said to be from the name of Brompton Hospital, London, where the mixture was invented for cancer patients.
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