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The pursuit of oblivion : a global history of narcotics

Author: R P T Davenport-Hines
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Melding social, political, and cultural history, the auhor illustrates that intoxication is neither unnatural nor deviant, and describes how for thousands of years human beings have taken substances to change their physical or emotionalemotuional state. He argues that drug use is a necessary part of human experience, recounting how many drugs that are controlled or prohibited nowadays were freely available until the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R P T Davenport-Hines
ISBN: 0393051897 9780393051896
OCLC Number: 49926021
Description: 576 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Early history --
2. Opium during the enlightenment --
3. The patent age of new inventions --
4. Nerves, needles and Victorian doctors --
5. Chemistry --
6. Degeneration --
7. The dawn of prohibition --
8. Law-breaking --
9. Trafficking --
10. The age of anxiety --
11. The first drugs czar --
12. British drug scenes --
13. Presidential drugs wars --
14. So passé.
Responsibility: Richard Davenport-Hines.

Abstract:

Melding social, political, and cultural history, the auhor illustrates that intoxication is neither unnatural nor deviant, and describes how for thousands of years human beings have taken substances to change their physical or emotionalemotuional state. He argues that drug use is a necessary part of human experience, recounting how many drugs that are controlled or prohibited nowadays were freely available until the early twentieth century.

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