By November 1847, there is some concern regarding the fate of the expedition and Sir John's wife and his niece try to pressure the Admiralty in London to send out a search and rescue party. Sir John Ross shares their belief that the ships might be trapped in the ice but the rest of the Admiralty does not and refuses to organize an expedition. Angered by their inaction, the two women decide to fund a ship for themselves.
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The doctor says he'll give a sailor suffering from a headache a shot of Mandragora. Mandragora plants, better known as mandrakes, contain several active tropane alkaloids including hyoscyamine, hyoscine, cuscohygrine, apoatropine and belladonnine. While all of these substances are known today to be very toxic they used to be used in traditional medicine. They were used for a number of different things including as a emetic (induced vomiting), sedative and a painkiller but are no longer used due to its toxic effects. Common side effects of these substances are blurred vision, dilation of the pupils, dryness of the mouth, difficulty in urinating, dizziness, headache, vomiting, blushing, rapid heart rate and hallucinations. For these reasons Mandragora fell out of use as a sedative and a painkiller in the mid 19th century after morphine was discovered to have far better analgesic properties and to be much safer. See more