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He watched Bones as he opened his medicine chest and shook out two little white pellets from a bottle marked "Veronal," and accepted them gratefully.
Never a man skilled at self-preservation, Birkeland began to drink too much whiskey, take large doses of Veronal (a highly addictive and damaging barbiturate prescribed for insomnia) and slide into a twilight of excessive work, paranoia and illnesswith no one to stop him.
It was one of the reporters who held up an empty tube of Veronal.
A vial of Veronal lay broken on the carpet where she had dropped it.
Each cachet contained three decigrams of malourea, the insidious drug notorious under its trade name of Veronal.
She took out of a drawer in her dressing-table a case of medicinal cachets marked "Veronal."
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