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The Resource Opium : reality's dark dream, Thomas Dormandy

Opium : reality's dark dream, Thomas Dormandy

Label
Opium : reality's dark dream
Title
Opium
Title remainder
reality's dark dream
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Dormandy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Opium and its derivatives morphine and heroin have destroyed, corrupted, and killed individuals, families, communities, and even whole nations. And yet, for most of its long history, opium has also been humanity's most effective means of alleviating physical and mental pain. This extraordinary book encompasses the entire history of the world's most fascinating drug, from the first evidence of poppy cultivation by stone-age man to the present-day opium trade in Afghanistan. Dr. Thomas Dormandy tells the story with verve and insight, uncovering the strange power of opiates to motivate major conflicts yet also inspire great art and medical breakthroughs, to trigger the rise of global criminal networks yet also revolutionize attitudes toward well-being. Opium: Reality's Dark Dream traverses the globe and the centuries, exploring opium's role in colonialism, the Chinese Opium Wars, laudanum-inspired sublime Romantic poetry, American "Yellow Peril" fears, the rise of the Mafia and the black market, 1960s counterculture, and more. Dr. Dormandy also recounts exotic or sad stories of individual addiction. Throughout the book the author emphasizes opium's complex, valuable relationship with developments in medicine, health, and disease, highlighting the perplexing dual nature of the drug as both the cause and relief of great suffering in widely diverse civilizations"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dormandy, Thomas
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Opium abuse
  • Opium trade
  • Opium
  • MEDICAL
  • Opium
  • Opium abuse
  • Opium trade
  • Opium
Label
Opium : reality's dark dream, Thomas Dormandy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 326-348) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
INTRODUCTION -- THE JUICE -- Petrified buns -- The magical seepage -- A gift of the gods -- Rival brews -- Affyon -- The sleepy sponge -- Greater than Celsus? -- The tincture and the powder -- On the banks of the Ganges -- The Turkish connection -- Romantic opium -- The pleasure dome of Xanadu -- The opium eaters -- The people -- A salve for all ailments -- THE ESSENCE -- The shape of dreams -- The most wicked of wars: The Celestial Kingdom, The First Opium War, The Second Opium War -- The Yellow Peril -- Doctors rule -- American voices -- Nervous waste -- A heroic substance -- The birth of a crusade -- War and Peace (of sorts) -- Victims and survivors -- Unholy alliances -- Junkies -- Guardians of the law -- Zero tolerance -- God's own medicine -- Treatments and cures -- Life and death of a drug lord -- The making of a modern narco-state -- New trails: old tribulations
Control code
ocn811405714
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300183658
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt113z3w
  • d065490a-6248-45e0-8f04-05fcaaba79b9
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)811405714
Label
Opium : reality's dark dream, Thomas Dormandy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 326-348) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
INTRODUCTION -- THE JUICE -- Petrified buns -- The magical seepage -- A gift of the gods -- Rival brews -- Affyon -- The sleepy sponge -- Greater than Celsus? -- The tincture and the powder -- On the banks of the Ganges -- The Turkish connection -- Romantic opium -- The pleasure dome of Xanadu -- The opium eaters -- The people -- A salve for all ailments -- THE ESSENCE -- The shape of dreams -- The most wicked of wars: The Celestial Kingdom, The First Opium War, The Second Opium War -- The Yellow Peril -- Doctors rule -- American voices -- Nervous waste -- A heroic substance -- The birth of a crusade -- War and Peace (of sorts) -- Victims and survivors -- Unholy alliances -- Junkies -- Guardians of the law -- Zero tolerance -- God's own medicine -- Treatments and cures -- Life and death of a drug lord -- The making of a modern narco-state -- New trails: old tribulations
Control code
ocn811405714
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300183658
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt113z3w
  • d065490a-6248-45e0-8f04-05fcaaba79b9
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)811405714

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