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A Brief History of Drugs: From the Stone Age to the Stoned Age

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A clear-eyed look at the instrumental role drugs have played in our cultural, social, and spiritual development.

• First American publication of the surprising European bestseller.

• Examines everything from the ancient use of ergot and datura to the modern phenomenon of "designer" drugs such as Ecstasy and crack cocaine.

From remotest antiquity to the present era of desig
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Park Street Press (first published 1993)
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Javier Cuello ferrero
Historia elemental... es un ensayo-compendio del extenso trabajo del autor sobre drogas con el objetivo de informar concisamente sobre el papel que han jugado las sustancias conocidas como drogas.

Con una postura neutra, ajena a la apología y la censura de su uso, y un estilo ameno al tiempo que cuidado, ilustra con acierto desde su uso como vehículos para el acceso al conocimiento revelado de las primigenias religiones hasta su uso como prohibido objeto de deseo y especulación, y los cambios his
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Max
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historiography, drugs
Very short history till modern (18th-20th century) times. Should reflect his opinion of the Middle Ages. He not only tells again and again the story of the enemy of science and freedom, identified in the catholic Church but also takes modern events like witch hunts back in the 12th century.

(The story about the crusader orders which imitates the order of Assassins is greatest crap)

His best part is the 19th century, with its rediscovery of narcotics and "les paradis artificiels". The book ends wit
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Noé Ajo caamaño
El autor nos orienta, tratando de esquivar el prejuicio y adoctrinamiento, a través de una historia de las drogas. Quienquiera que quisiera hablar sobre las sustancias llamadas psicoactivas y su relación con la sociedad y la cultura, debiera echar un vistazo a una obra que califico de imprescindible.
Nick
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book should be mandatory reading. Its the missing chapter of human history.
Lucy Qhuay
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it

Very simple and easy to read, while giving us a general panoramic view of the history of drugs.
Emile
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was already fairly radically anti-prohibition on drugs, so my danger with this book is not reading it critically enough because it confirms my biases. That said, it has an interesting if brief survey of the use of mind altering substances through history, and a fairly damning review of the current "drug war" from the early/mid 1900s to the present.

Three stars if you're mostly interested in the anthropological/ethnological angle, and five stars if you believe that drug prohibition is sensible.
Pablo Mora
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A basic book to understand the fear and hatred toward drugs. Youll realize that its all about power and religious beliefs. We should all learn to consider drugs as a part of the lore of cultures. ...more
Bryan Oliver
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I read the 1989 version, general history of drugs. likely worth it to go back and read this revised version that better connects things instead of reading like an encyclopedia at times
J.D.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jaime Acuña
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yo tengo la edición en tres volúmenes de Alianza Editorial. Imprescindible para todo aquel que quiera ir más allá de la mera opinión sentimental en torno a un asunto, el de las sustancias que transforman y trastornan la mente, socialmente demonizado. Tratado de psiconaútica.
Jomaweb
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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La mejor obra de Escohotado con mucha diferencia. La mejor obra sobre el tema en castellano, también con mucha diferencia.
julieta
Feb 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: drugs, non-fiction
Escohotado es el jefe en cuanto a intoxicantes se trata. Me encanta este libro, cuando empecé con buscar bobliofrafía de drogas fué el mejor lugar para empezar. Muy bueno.
Daniele
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book
Justin Abraham
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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I did in fact "really" like it, but a "brief" history will always be sort of problematic. Still, very interesting!
Jose Manuel
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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La mejor obra de Escohotado con mucha diferencia. La mejor obra sobre el tema en castellano, tambi��n con mucha diferencia.
lisa_emily
Sep 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Informative and well worth it- esp. if you are interested in a clear view about drug use and policies regarding its legality.
Mike
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
very good- with a nice history of prohibition included.
Teresa
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Quick read on how drugs and culture intermingle and have changed over time.
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Pensador, ensayista y profesor universitario español cuyas obras, si bien centradas principalmente en el derecho, la filosofía y la sociología, han abordado una gran variedad de campos. Obtuvo notoriedad pública por sus investigaciones acerca de las drogas, y son conocidas sus posiciones antiprohibicionistas. El leit motiv de su obra es una afirmación de la libertad como antídoto frente al miedo o ...more

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“El genio de los griegos bautizó las drogas con un término que significa a la vez remedio y veneno, pues dependiendo de conocimiento, ocasión e indiviuo lo uno se transforma ne lo otro. Del ser humano, y en modo alguno de las drogas, depedne que remedien o dañoen.
Como existieron siempre, en todas partes y, -a juzgar por el hoy- mañana habrá más que ayer, la alternativa no es un mundo con o sin ellas. La alternativa es instruir sobre su correcto empleo o satanizarlo indiscriminadamente: sembrar ilustración o sembrar ignorancia.”
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