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High society : mind-altering drugs in history and culture

Author: Mike Jay; Wellcome Collection (London)
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback edView all editions and formats
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'High Society' explores the spectrum of drug use across the globe and throughout history, from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Jay; Wellcome Collection (London)
ISBN: 9780500289105 0500289107
OCLC Number: 999789215
Notes: Published to accompany an exhibition held at the Wellcome Collection, London, Nov. 11, 2010-Feb. 27, 2011.
Description: 192 p. : ill.
Contents: A Universal Impulse : High Societies --
The Evolution of Drugs --
Animal Intoxication --
Drugs and Shamanism --
Drugs and Culture --
The Culture of Kava --
The Culture of Betel --
Drug Prohibitions --
Drug Subcultures --
The Cultures of Ecstasy --
From Apothecary to Laboratory : What Is a Drug? --
Drugs in Antiquity --
Renaissance Herbals • Witches and Flying Ointments --
The Invention of Laudanum --
Linnaeus and the Enlightenment --
The First Synthetic Drugs --
Opium and the Romantics --
The Club des Haschischins --
Freud and Cocaine --
Addiction and Drug Control --
Mescaline, LSD and Beyond --
Drugs of the Future --
The Drugs Trade : Drugs of the New World --
The Psychoactive Revolution --
Tobacco in China, Tea in Europe --
The Opium Wars --
The Anti-Opium campaign --
Temperance and Prohibition --
The ‘War on Drugs’ --
Epilogue: The Decline of Tobacco
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