By Steven B. Karch
A quick historical past of Cocaine is a completely researched, attention-grabbing account of the position cocaine has performed in world wide historical past, politics, economics, and technological know-how. trip with bestselling writer Steven B. Karch as he strains 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 in the course of the centuries, together with the paintings of Sigmund Freud, who advised that cocaine be used to regard morphine habit. detect how cocaine has been grown, sophisticated, allotted, and abused around the globe for 4 centuries. eventually, comprehend why the cocaine exchange continues to be a thriving company regardless of govt rules. a vital research of an age-old challenge, a quick background of Cocaine locations the "war on drugs" in its ancient context and predicts if we're destined to lose.
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Very little leaf was being imported into Europe, and the technique devised by Niemann was, for those days, both cumbersome and unreliable. Physicians wanting to experiment with coca leaves, or with refined cocaine, were never entirely sure what they were actually administering. Products billed as cocaine were frequently found to be inert. Leaves, claimed to be fresh from Peru, were often in transit for such a long time that they contained too little cocaine to matter. But other factors, still undefined, must have been involved.
These articles caught the attention of Sigmund Freud and prompted him to experiment with cocaine. fm Page 51 Monday, August 22, 2005 9:43 AM Genies and Furies The genies that they summoned up to help them turned into furies bearing misfortune and disaster. Albert Erlenmeyer Describing the events that occurred after Sigmund Freud recommended cocaine as a treatment for morphine addiction Good ideas catch on slowly, but if the history of cocaine is any guide, bad ideas spread like wildfire. 1) Koller got all the credit, but he was not the first to make this observation.
Physicians wanting to experiment with coca leaves, or with refined cocaine, were never entirely sure what they were actually administering. Products billed as cocaine were frequently found to be inert. Leaves, claimed to be fresh from Peru, were often in transit for such a long time that they contained too little cocaine to matter. But other factors, still undefined, must have been involved. Had there been a demand for cocaine, chemists and drug manufacturers would have supplied it. Merck began producing cocaine just 18 months after Niemann published his method for extracting it from coca, but Merck’s average production amounted to less than a quarter of a pound per year.
A Brief History of Cocaine by Steven B. Karch