Contents: Introduction. Part 1 The Cultural History of Addiction in 19th-century Britain: The experience of addiction in the early-19th century; Interpretations of 19th-century addiction: fact and fiction; The Chinese influence. Part 2 The Medical History of Addiction in 19th-century Britain: Poisonous drugs and the medical profession in the 19th century; Observation and experience: the enquiries of medicine into addiction; Late-19th-century theories of addiction: the pathologist, the physician and the philosopher. Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
Louise Foxcroft is an Independent Scholar based in Cambridge.