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By Steven B. Karch

ISBN-10: 0849340195

ISBN-13: 9780849340192

A quick heritage of Cocaine is a completely researched, attention-grabbing account of the function cocaine has performed in around the world historical past, politics, economics, and technology. go back and forth with bestselling writer Steven B. Karch as he strains the trail of cocaine from the coca funds vegetation of Spain to the celebrated pharmaceutical homes of Amsterdam into the banking of Japan. know about experimentation with the drug during the centuries, together with the paintings of Sigmund Freud, who steered that cocaine be used to regard morphine habit. detect how cocaine has been grown, subtle, dispensed, and abused around the globe for 4 centuries. ultimately, comprehend why the cocaine alternate is still a thriving company regardless of executive law. a vital research of an age-old challenge, a short heritage of Cocaine locations the "war on drugs" in its old context and predicts if we're destined to lose.

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05% of 5 g) of cocaine, far too little to have produced any measurable physiological effects. But the climbers were so convinced of coca’s powers that they would probably have felt the same if the leaves they chewed contained no cocaine. In 1882, the placebo effect was not yet recognized. Surgeon-Major T. ” Charles argued that a particularly famous military disaster in Afghanistan could have been averted if the troops were supplied with coca. This preoccupation with endurance culminated with the publication of a paper from a German author that described what happened when a military surgeon secretly added cocaine to the drinking water of Prussian artillerymen.

However, he also recorded detailed observations of many plants, including sasparilla, cinchona, balsam, and coca. ” He was, however, fascinated by some aspects of their lifestyle, especially their use of coca. Von Tschudi swore that chewing coca leaves could prevent “the difficulty of respiration felt in the rapid ascents of the Cordilleras,” a disorder known today as high-altitude pulmonary edema. However, it was an account of his employee, Hatan Humang’s, remarkable endurance that fascinated him, and his readers.

One-third of the cannons were removed, the ship’s gunroom was converted into a library and reading room, and more staterooms were added. A distilling apparatus, manufactured by Rocher et Nantes, was fixed on the gun deck. It could supply enough drinking water, so it was unnecessary to store large amounts of water. 4 The German frigate Novara in Sydney harbor. Sailing on board was a friend of Germany’s greatest chemist. When the Novara reached South America, Carl von Scherzer (1821–1903) got off and managed to collect 40 lb of coca leaves and sent them back to Germany for analysis.

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