Opium : reality's dark dream /
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Opium : reality's dark dream /

"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
Published: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012.
Access:Online version
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Table of Contents:
  • 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 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.