Opium and the People: Opiate Use in Nineteenth-century England

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A. Lane, 1981 - Drug control - 369 pages
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At the beginning of the 19th century, opium was widely used as an everyday remedy for common ailments. By the 1920s, it was classified as a dangerous drug. In an examination of the social context of drug taking in Victorian England, the book explains this decisive change in attitude. This revised edition examines how and why restrictive policies were put in place in the early decades of the 20th century and reveals fresh perspectives on the motivations which survive in the formation of current drug policies.

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For the student of opium use in the UK this book is a must read. My own interest in opium use in the Fens was particularly well written. The only thing that irritates, is not the book, but everyone selling it (Amazon, AbeBooks, BookDepository etc.) who describe the co-author as GARETH Edwards, when it should be GRIFFITH Edwards.
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:"I'd still be willing to forgive these offenses if it was revealing and interesting, but the dry writing was so technical, that even the chapter entitled, Infant Doping couldn't get me to continue reading this book. "
This is because Berridge is an academic historian, whilst Edwards is an authority on addiction, and they are not writing for a populist audience.
 

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The Import Trade
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The Cultivation of Opium in Britain 17901820
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Open Sale and Popular Use
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