This section is from the book "A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Thos. S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: A Practitioner's handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Paraldehydum. Hypnotic and antispasmodic. Of slight use in nervous insomnia and in the treatment of alcoholism and insanity. The average dose is 30 I., well diluted, in an elixir. An impure article may contain fusel-oil derivatives, but a well-made paraldehyde is moderately safe in use.