Flowers in the Blood: The Story of Opium

The exceptional and intricate historical past of opium during the world.

Opium has performed a dramatic and sundry position in human background, inspiring spiritual veneration, clinical exploration, the bitterest rancor, and the main fanciful ecstasy. Now, authors Jeff Goldberg and Dean Latimer have supplied a whole, insightful heritage of opium. Flowers within the Blood lifts the veil of puzzle that has surrounded opium down during the a while. within, discover:

• Why a three-thousand-year-old statue of a Greek goddess was once topped with poppies
• The formulation for Hippocrates’s old opium remedies
• Why the Islamic councils of the clever vilified cannabis yet honored opium
• Why there has been no opium challenge in nineteenth-century England and the US regardless of exceptional and unrestricted intake of opiates
• What relatively provoked the Opium Wars in China
• Why John Jacob Astor surrender the opium trade
• the original function performed through chinese language opium within the beginning of the yankee hard work movement

Along the way in which, the authors offer information of the addictions of S. T. Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, and different literary opium-eaters of the 19th century, in addition to chronicling the development of antidrug legislation and the continuing look for an habit cure.

Originally released in 1981, this variation of Flowers within the Blood has been up-to-date with a brand new preface by means of Goldberg. now and then disconcerting—raising severe questions on attitudes and techniques towards robust medicinal drugs and their control—Flowers within the Blood is a necessary addition to the literature of opium, and a wide-awake examine the stuff that desires (and nightmares) are made of.

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Common paralytic emotions . . . If those manifestations of junk-sickness appear preposterously colourful for mere laudanum, it is helping to contemplate the actual model which Coleridge favored—the Lancashire actual Black Drop, heartily counseled through the popular Quaker general practitioner who produced it, Dr. John Airey Braithwaite. the original advantage of Braithwaite’s Black Drop, priced on the gourmand expense of 11 shillings consistent with four-ounce bottle, used to be its power. To the Braithwaites, as religious Quakers, alcohol used to be a pernicious and unmanning poison. They for that reason got in simple terms the “best Turkey Opium dried,” and steeped it for days in saffron, cloves, and strong acetic acid. The ensuing nonalcoholic suspension used to be marketed as 4 occasions the power of normal laudanum, and that was once most likely a modest declare. As when it comes to Paracelsus’ Anodyne particular (see bankruptcy 3), lengthy acetylation of the morphine content material of Lancashire actual Black Drop should have switched over a very good fraction of it into immediately heroin. regardless of the pangs of rheumatism, Coleridge was once continuously attempting to depart off his “Old Blacky,” by no means with greater than brief good fortune. In 1804 he tried to detox on an ocean voyage to Malta. On Gilbraltar, even if, in the course of a number of days’ stopover, he seems to have sustained his first middle assault. “Heart . . . gnawing, palpitating—strange experience of preventing. ” again on board, with the rheumatism oozing again into his lungs, Coleridge broke out the laudanum—just in time for the boat to be becalmed for almost weeks within the lethargic Mediterranean. Perversely, a superb good-looking seabird materialized at the foresheets to be sniped at by means of the crew—a precise thrill of gothic horror for Coleridge who was once then in a horrendous section of acute relapse. On Malta he manfully abstained for per week, however the final “falling-abroad”—“My entire physique & middle panting & shivering like an ague fit”—was sufficiently alarming neighborhood health care provider particularly prescribed laudanum for it. quickly after that have, he stopped writing poetry and lapsed into continual dependancy. From this aspect ahead it seems that any test via Coleridge to detox caused a urged recurrence of full-blown rheumatism, filling his lungs with fluid and sparking harmful fibrillations of his enlarged center. This isn’t to claim he didn’t attempt even though. His final “serious” attempt to rid himself of his laudanum behavior happened presently after his likelihood assembly with De Quincey, defined past during this bankruptcy. On that get together, Coleridge moved in with the Wordsworths at bucolic Allan financial institution. For ten months in 1810 he stayed remarkably drug loose, yet within the early spring the rheumatism got here again, and perforce got here again previous Blacky, to the scandal of all. Dorothy Wordsworth, writing in her diary, lamented: we don't have any desire of him—none that he'll ever do something greater than he has already performed. If he weren't less than our Roof, he will be simply as a lot the slave of stimulants as ever; and his entire time and concepts (except while he's interpreting and he reads a very good deal), are hired in deceiving himself, and trying to misinform others.

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