Motorist taking pills, 1953.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of a man sitting in a car taking a pill, taken by an unknown photographer for The People newspaper in 1953. The man is taking a pill, perhaps to keep him awake as he drives through the streets of London. There were no laws at the time covering driving under the influence of medication or alcohol. Drink driving laws were not introduced in Britain until 1967. The introduction of 'wonderdrugs' such as penicillin during the middle of the Twentieth century led to a belief that drugs would eventually be able to treat a wide variety of ills, both physical and mental. Although great advances were made some drugs proved to be of little use whilst others proved to be dangerous or addictive.