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By Thomas Dormandy

Opium and its derivatives morphine and heroin have destroyed, corrupted, and killed participants, households, groups, or even entire countries. And but, for many of its lengthy historical past, opium has additionally been humanity's preferable technique of assuaging actual and psychological soreness. This notable ebook encompasses the total historical past of the world's so much interesting drug, from the 1st facts of poppy cultivation by means of stone-age guy to the present-day opium alternate in Afghanistan. Dr. Thomas Dormandy tells the tale with verve and perception, uncovering the unusual strength of opiates to inspire significant conflicts but additionally encourage nice paintings and clinical breakthroughs, to set off the increase of world legal networks but additionally revolutionize attitudes towards well-being.

Opium: Reality's darkish Dream traverses the globe and the centuries, exploring opium's position in colonialism, the chinese language Opium Wars, laudanum-inspired chic Romantic poetry, American "Yellow Peril" fears, the increase of the Mafia and the black industry, Nineteen Sixties counterculture, and extra. Dr. Dormandy additionally recounts unique or unhappy tales of person habit. in the course of the booklet the writer emphasizes opium's complicated, precious courting with advancements in medication, health and wellbeing, and ailment, highlighting the difficult twin nature of the drug as either the reason and aid of serious soreness in largely various civilizations.

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