Steven B. Karch's A Brief History of Cocaine PDF

By Steven B. Karch

A short heritage of Cocaine is a completely researched, interesting account of the position cocaine has performed in around the world heritage, politics, economics, and technological know-how. shuttle with bestselling writer Steven B. Karch as he lines the trail of cocaine from the coca funds plants of Spain to the celebrated pharmaceutical homes of Amsterdam into the banking of Japan. find out about experimentation with the drug through the centuries, together with the paintings of Sigmund Freud, who instructed that cocaine be used to regard morphine dependancy. notice how cocaine has been grown, sophisticated, dispensed, and abused world wide for 4 centuries. ultimately, comprehend why the cocaine alternate continues to be a thriving enterprise regardless of govt legislation. a vital research of an age-old challenge, a quick heritage of Cocaine areas the "war on drugs" in its old context and predicts if we're destined to lose.

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In fact, he claimed, it made him sleepy. The connection between coca and performance was so widely accepted, that racewalkers were still relying on coca 10 years after Weston’s victory. In 1885, Dr. Palmer, a coca advocate from Louisville, Kentucky, published a description of another race. This race involved six female “pedestrianists” who were to run 350 miles in 7 days. Dr. ,” who appeared to be imminently in danger of collapse. ” She did not win the race, but she finished the 350 miles in just under 7 days, even though someone had stolen her bottle of coca wine, and in spite of the fact that she had fallen and sprained her ankle.

Sieveking’s letter prompted responses from several pharmacists saying that they carried the leaves, and others wrote to the journal confirming Sieveking’s impressions. Today, a report describing a patient who died of a cocaine-related heart attack would almost automatically be rejected by medical journals, because cocaine-related heart attacks are so common that another anecdotal report would not be considered worth publishing. However, the same report, had it been submitted in 1975, would surely have been accepted.

5,” were prepared especially for Coca-Cola at the Shaeffer Chemical Manufacturing Facility in Maywood, New Jersey. Presumably, these decocainized leaves supplied the same desirable flavoring claimed by Mariani. S. competitors never really tried to market the good taste of their versions. Instead, they made mostly medical claims, repeating the claims for coca leaf made by European physicians in the 1870s, before purified cocaine was available. Advertisements for Metcalf ’s Coca Wine were typical.

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