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CONTENTS A Universal Impulse High Societies * The Evolution of Drugs * Animal Intoxication * Drugs and Shamanism * Drugs and Culture * The Culture of Kava * The Culture of Betel * Drug Prohibitions * Drug Subcultures * The Cultures of Ecstasy From Apothecary to Laboratory What Is a Drug? * Drugs in Antiquity * Renaissance Herbals * Witches and Flying Ointments * The Invention of Laudanum * Linnaeus and the Enlightenment * The First Synthetic Drugs * Opium and the Romantics * The Club des Haschischins * Freud and Cocaine * Addiction and Drug Control * Mescaline{,} LSD and Beyond * Drugs of the Future The Drugs Trade Drugs of the New World * The Psychoactive Revolution * Tobacco in China{,} Tea in Europe * The Opium Wars * The Anti-Opium campaign * Temperance and Prohibition * The `War on Drugs' * Epilogue: The Decline of Tobacco

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A global history of intoxication, from the earliest archaeological evidence for the botanicals of the classical world to the mind-bending self-experiments of early scientists and the modern 'war on drugs'

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Mike Jay has written widely on the cultural history of science, medicine and the mind. His books include The Influencing Machine, The Story of James Tilly Matthews and his Confinement in Eighteenth-century Bedlam and High Society: Mind-altering Drugs in History and Culture. He reviews regularly for The London Review of Books and The Wall Street Journal. This Way Madness Lies was written in conjunction with the exhibition 'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond', which he co-curated for the Wellcome Collection in London. He is a research affiliate of the Health Humanities Centre at University College London and a trustee of the Bethlem Art and History Collection.


'Fascinating and highly recommended' - Psychedelic News
'Straightforward and engaging storytelling and cool headed analysis of use of, and attitudes towards, mind-altering drugs ... deserves high praise for rendering a complex, controversial topic with clarity and elegance. It's also good looking ... quite marvellous' - British Medical Journal

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