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Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC 9780892817832 Phantastica: A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants
Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC 9780892817832 Phantastica: A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants

Phantastica: A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants

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  • Vendor: Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC
  • Product Type: Book
  • Barcode: 9780892817832
  • Condition: New
  • Edition: 1.0.4.0.preview.3
  • Format: BOOK
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Louis Lewin
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
  • Published: 1998-05
  • ISBN 10: 0892817836
  • ISBN 13: 9780892817832
  • SKU: 1561493673178x455612394107043840
DESCRIPTION

The publication of Louis Lewin's Phantastica in 1924 began an era of ethnobotany that is still flourishing today. Until Lewin, books on the use of drugs were purely works of anthropology, concerned with how people used these plants, rather than how the plants produced their famous effects. Lewin, a world-renowned pharmacologist and toxicologist, was fascinated by both, and Phantastica was the first book to bring scientific insights to a survey of the use of drugs around the world. Lewin traveled extensively and acquired an astonishing variety of knowledge, reflected in this book, which provides detailed information on all major drugs of the time, including opium, cocaine, heroin, cannabis, peyote, fly agaric, henbane, datura, alcohol, kava, betel, coffee, tea, cocoa, and, of course, tobacco. For thirty years ethnobotanists have bemoaned the fact that Phantastica has been impossible to find; now this landmark work is once again available.

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