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By Steven B. Karch

ISBN-10: 0849340195

ISBN-13: 9780849340192

A quick background of Cocaine is a completely researched, interesting account of the position cocaine has performed in world wide historical past, politics, economics, and technology. trip with bestselling writer Steven B. Karch as he strains the trail of cocaine from the coca funds vegetation of Spain to the distinguished pharmaceutical homes of Amsterdam into the banking of Japan. find out about experimentation with the drug during the centuries, together with the paintings of Sigmund Freud, who advised that cocaine be used to regard morphine habit. observe how cocaine has been grown, subtle, allotted, and abused all over the world for 4 centuries. ultimately, comprehend why the cocaine alternate continues to be a thriving company regardless of executive legislation. a vital research of an age-old challenge, a quick historical past of Cocaine locations the "war on drugs" in its ancient context and predicts if we're destined to lose.

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T. Brown, 1886 Question: What is your opinion of coca leaf? K. … Although we have had no personal experience, we consider the reports in their favor sufficient to warrant giving them a trial. From a letter to the editor of the Druggists Circular and Chemical Gazette, September 1876 In the 1880s, the name most often associated with coca belonged neither to Sigmund Freud nor Karl Koller, the man credited with inventing local anesthesia. At the turn of the century, mention of cocaine brought to mind only one name — Angelo Mariani, and his coca-based wine, Vin Mariani.

He also chewed coca leaf during much of the race. When reporters found out that Weston was chewing coca leaf, it caused a furor. The results of the race, however, were never disputed. In a letter to the British Medical Journal, Weston admitted he was using coca but said that he did not believe it helped him. 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.

It confirmed the suspicions of many European scientists that coca had miraculous powers. In 1857, just before he was to return to Germany, von Tschudi visited Enrique Pizzi, a professor of chemistry and pharmacology who taught at the University of La Paz. Von Tschudi convinced Pizzi to try isolating coca’s active principle. Pizzi accepted the challenge, and eventually gave von Tschudi a sample of purified cocaine to take home. When von Tschudi returned to Göttingen, he immediately went to the laboratory of his friend, Fredrich Wöhler, chairman of the chemistry department at Göttingen.

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