Flowers in the Blood: The Story of Opium

Flowers in the Blood: The Story of Opium

The great and complicated background of opium in the course of the world.

Opium has performed a dramatic and sundry function in human heritage, inspiring spiritual veneration, medical exploration, the bitterest rancor, and the main fanciful ecstasy. Now, authors Jeff Goldberg and Dean Latimer have supplied an entire, insightful background of opium. Flowers within the Blood lifts the veil of poser that has surrounded opium down in the course of the a while. inside of, discover:

• Why a three-thousand-year-old statue of a Greek goddess was once topped with poppies
• The formulation for Hippocrates’s historical opium remedies
• Why the Islamic councils of the clever vilified cannabis yet commemorated opium
• Why there has been no opium challenge in nineteenth-century England and the United States regardless of extraordinary and unrestricted intake of opiates
• What fairly provoked the Opium Wars in China
• Why John Jacob Astor give up the opium trade
• the original position performed by way of chinese language opium within the beginning of the yankee hard work movement

Along the way in which, the authors supply info of the addictions of S. T. Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, and different literary opium-eaters of the 19th century, in addition to chronicling the development of antidrug legislation and the continuing look for an dependancy cure.

Originally released in 1981, this version of Flowers within the Blood has been up to date with a brand new preface by way of Goldberg. from time to time disconcerting—raising severe questions about attitudes and methods towards strong medicines and their control—Flowers within the Blood is an important addition to the literature of opium, and a wide-awake examine the stuff that goals (and nightmares) are made of.

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