The Cult of Pharmacology: How America Became the World’s Most Troubled Drug Culture

The Cult of Pharmacology: How America Became the World's Most Troubled Drug CultureBook Reviews: England began importing coffee from the Muslim East in the seventeenth century. At first many Britain’s viewed the brewed substance with suspicion, and some groups made efforts to demonize it. The “coffee house” was a threat to English ale houses, and thus the economy, and of course was counter to Christian values. Worse still, its stimulant actions caused impotence and “made men as unfruitful as the deserts whence that unhappy bony is said to be brought”‘ England eventually made peace with the popular and profitable bean, however, reclassifying it as a harmless beverage.2 Today coffee is not just the working person’s daily wake-up fix and the café philosopher’s stimulant of choice—it is also a global billion-dollar business.

This about sums up the modem history of drugs: irrational and unpredictable, full of fear and loathing, with a strong theme of commerce running right through the center. Far from deviating from this norm, America in the twentieth century dealt with drugs in a fashion as irrational and as seemingly unpredictable as any nation in history. The only obvious constant in America’s relationships with psychoactive substances, whether from the street, the store, or the pharmacy, was that, like coffee, nearly all these substances at some point carried a strong emotional charge in society. This was as true for heroin and alcohol as it was for popular “medicines” like Benzedrine, Milltown, and Prozac.

That a cuk of pharmacology continues to prevail reveals a final, basic principle about mind-altering drugs: any society that allows the meaning of drugs to unhinge from thcir everyday, human reality puts itself at risk for great misadventure and even unprecedented human tragedy.

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not all that great…a friend from the coffee shop who is also a patient of mine gave it to me…..a little too much on the conspiricay stuff

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Licit or illicit? This book says why. One option is deemed evil by the culture while another is sanctioned by industry (and, therefore, government).

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I found the parts dealing with cigarette addiction especially interesting, from what I remember nicotine has far less to do with it than one might think.

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Reference Type: Book
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Author: Richard DeGrandpre
Year: 2010
Place Published: North Carolina, Us
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of Pages: 312
Edition: 1
ISBN -10: 0822349078
ISBN-13: 978-0822349075
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