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The Resource Opium : how an ancient flower shaped and poisoned our world, John H. Halpern, MD, and David Blistein

Opium : how an ancient flower shaped and poisoned our world, John H. Halpern, MD, and David Blistein

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Opium : how an ancient flower shaped and poisoned our world
Title
Opium
Title remainder
how an ancient flower shaped and poisoned our world
Statement of responsibility
John H. Halpern, MD, and David Blistein
Title variation
How an ancient flower shaped and poisoned our world
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Opioid addiction is fast becoming the most deadly crisis in American history. In 2017, it claimed nearly fifty thousand lives -- more than gunshots and car crashes combined, and almost as many Americans as were killed in the entire Vietnam War. But even as the overdose crisis ravages our nation -- straining our prison system, dividing families, and defying virtually every legislative solution to treat it-- few understand how it came to be. Opium tells the extraordinary and at times harrowing tale of how we arrived at today's crisis, "making timely and startling connections among painkillers, politics, finance, and society" (Laurence Bergreen). The story begins with the discovery of poppy artifacts in ancient Mesopotamia, and goes on to explore how Greek physicians and obscure chemists discovered opium's effects and refined its power, how colonial empires marketed it around the world, and eventually how international drug companies developed a range of powerful synthetic opioids that led to an epidemic of addiction. Throughout, Dr. John Halpern and David Blistein reveal the fascinating role that opium has played in building our modern world, from trade networks to medical protocols to drug enforcement policies. Most importantly, they disentangle how crucial misjudgments, patterns of greed, and racial stereotypes served to transform one of nature's most effective painkillers into a source of unspeakable pain-and how, using the insights of history, state-of-the-art science, and a compassionate approach to the illness of addiction, we can overcome today's overdose epidemic. This urgent and masterfully woven narrative tells an epic story of how one beautiful flower became the fascination of leaders, tycoons, and nations through the centuries and in their hands exposed the fragility of our civilization
Biography type
contains biographical information
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Halpern, John
Dewey number
362.29/309
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV5816
LC item number
.H35 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Blistein, David
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Opium
  • Opium abuse
  • Opium trade
  • Opium poppy
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Opium : how an ancient flower shaped and poisoned our world, John H. Halpern, MD, and David Blistein
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
sky296813735
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316417662
Lccn
bl2019018025
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
tg 08/19
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), color maps, portraits (some color)
Label
Opium : how an ancient flower shaped and poisoned our world, John H. Halpern, MD, and David Blistein
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
sky296813735
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316417662
Lccn
bl2019018025
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
tg 08/19
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), color maps, portraits (some color)

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