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The pursuit of oblivion : a global history of narcotics

The pursuit of oblivion : a global history of narcotics

Author: R P T Davenport-Hines
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2004, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Norton pbk. [ed.]View all editions and formats
"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R P T Davenport-Hines
ISBN: 0393325458 9780393325454
OCLC Number: 54536056
Description: 576 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Early history --
Opium during the enlightenment --
The patent age of new inventions --
Nerves, needles and Victorian doctors --
Chemistry --
Degeneration --
The dawn of prohibition --
Law-breaking --
Trafficking --
The age of anxiety --
The first drugs czar --
British drug scenes --
Presidential drugs wars --
So passé.
Other Titles: Global history of narcotics
Responsibility: Richard Davenport-Hines.


A startling account of the history of drug abuse, this book forces us to reconsider many of our views on a controversial issue.  Read more...


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"Pragmatic and persuasive, full of fascinating lore and intelligent interpretation... overwhelming evidence and penetrating analysis." -- Boston Globe "Factually detailed and rich in anecdote." -- Read more...

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