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"Opium and its derivatives morphine and heroin have destroyed, corrupted, and killed individuals, families, communities, and even whole nations. And yet, for most of its long history, opium has also been humanity's most effective means of alleviating physical and mental pain. This extraord...

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Main Author: Dormandy, Thomas
Format: Online Book
Language:English
Published: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012.
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505 0 |a INTRODUCTION -- THE JUICE -- Petrified buns -- The magical seepage -- A gift of the gods -- Rival brews -- Affyon -- The sleepy sponge -- Greater than Celsus? -- The tincture and the powder -- On the banks of the Ganges -- The Turkish connection -- Romantic opium -- The pleasure dome of Xanadu -- The opium eaters -- The people -- A salve for all ailments -- THE ESSENCE -- The shape of dreams -- The most wicked of wars: The Celestial Kingdom, The First Opium War, The Second Opium War -- The Yellow Peril -- Doctors rule -- American voices -- Nervous waste -- A heroic substance -- The birth of a crusade -- War and Peace (of sorts) -- Victims and survivors -- Unholy alliances -- Junkies -- Guardians of the law -- Zero tolerance -- God's own medicine -- Treatments and cures -- Life and death of a drug lord -- The making of a modern narco-state -- New trails: old tribulations. 
520 |a "Opium and its derivatives morphine and heroin have destroyed, corrupted, and killed individuals, families, communities, and even whole nations. And yet, for most of its long history, opium has also been humanity's most effective means of alleviating physical and mental pain. This extraordinary book encompasses the entire history of the world's most fascinating drug, from the first evidence of poppy cultivation by stone-age man to the present-day opium trade in Afghanistan. Dr. Thomas Dormandy tells the story with verve and insight, uncovering the strange power of opiates to motivate major conflicts yet also inspire great art and medical breakthroughs, to trigger the rise of global criminal networks yet also revolutionize attitudes toward well-being. Opium: Reality's Dark Dream traverses the globe and the centuries, exploring opium's role in colonialism, the Chinese Opium Wars, laudanum-inspired sublime Romantic poetry, American "Yellow Peril" fears, the rise of the Mafia and the black market, 1960s counterculture, and more. Dr. Dormandy also recounts exotic or sad stories of individual addiction. Throughout the book the author emphasizes opium's complex, valuable relationship with developments in medicine, health, and disease, highlighting the perplexing dual nature of the drug as both the cause and relief of great suffering in widely diverse civilizations"--Provided by publisher. 
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