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Green Medicine
by Margaret B. Kreig
Publisher:
Rand McNally 
Year:
1964 
Reviewed by Erowid
8/26/2004

A nice look at the field of ethnobotany during the early 1960s. Kreig describes the histories of a variety of plants with medicinal or psychoactive properties as well as interviews with ethnobotanists such as Richard Evans Schultes. Green Medicine also includes a nice series of photos of Schultes, R. Gordon Wasson, Roger Heim and others involved in the field. Good ... [ read more ]

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Solvent Neurotoxicity
by Peter Arlien-S0borg
Publisher:
CRC Press 
Year:
1992 
Reviewed by Erowid
8/25/2004

It can be difficult to find information about human research with toxic solvents. Solvent neurotoxicity provides a good overview of both human and animal research for a series of solvents including toluene, sylene, styrene, and trichloroethylene. Includes great reference lists. [ read more ]

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Psychedelic Trips for the Mind
by Paul Krassner (ed.)
Publisher:
High Times 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Erowid
8/3/2004

Interesting format of short quotes (1/2 – 1 page each) by different authors. Blurbs are grouped by topic, providing a variety of views, thoughts, and short experiences about an individual (Leary), a group (the Grateful Dead), a substance (LSD) etc. [ read more ]

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Hideous Absinthe
by Jad Adams
Publisher:
Univ of Wisconsin Press 
Year:
2004 
Reviewed by Erowid
7/23/2004

Hideous Absinthe offers a nicely balanced look at the history, facts, and mythos of absinthe. Adams offers reader an in-depth look at the role absinthe has played in artistic culture (especially that of the 19th century), and succeeds in doing this without taking sides. Among other issues, Adams attempts to clarify what level of influence absinthe had upon artists such ... [ read more ]

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Pagliaros' Comprehensive Guide to Drugs and Substances of Abuse
by Louis & Ann Pagliaro
Publisher:
American Pharmacists Assoc. 
Year:
2004 
Reviewed by Earth Erowid
5/26/2004

A reference manual designed with the physician in mind. Pagliaros’ Comprehensive Guide to Drugs and Substances of Abuse is organized into two major parts, with the first being introductions to depressants, stimulants, and psychedelics titled “Psychodepressants”, “Psychostimulants”, and “Psychodelics” [sic]. The authors explain their decision to change the spelling of the word ‘psychedelic’ as an attempt to make ... [ read more ]

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LSD
by Sean Connolly
Publisher:
Heinemann Library 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by Erowid
4/5/2004

Mediocrity. Uninspired regurgitation with no depth, insight, or references. [ read more ]

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Popular Science Monthly
by J. McKeen Cattell (ed.)
Publisher:
The Science Press 
Year:
1902 
Reviewed by Erowid
3/30/2004

Contains a 1902 article titled “Mescal: A Study of a Divine Plant”, by Havelock Ellis. [ read more ]

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Lands of the Saracen
by Bayard Taylor
Publisher:
Putnam 
Year:
1855 
Reviewed by Erowid
3/30/2004

Contains a chapter titled “The Visions of Hasheesh” as well as sections on Tobacco and coffee. Describes the author’s experiences with these substances while in Damascus. Very interesting and poetic account in travelogue style from 1855. [ read more ]

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Hit Man
by Rex Feral
Publisher:
Paladin Press 
Year:
1983 
Reviewed by Erowid
3/22/2004

An interesting book because of it’s legal history. Ten years after it was originally published, a triple-murder was committed by a man named James Perry who used this book as his guide for the murder. The publisher, Paladin Press, was sued by the family of the victim and eventually settled out of court. They agreed to destroy all remaining copies ... [ read more ]

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Sexual Pharmacology
by Theresa Crenshaw & James Goldberg
Publisher:
W.W. Norton & Co. 
Year:
1996 
Reviewed by Erowid
11/20/2003

This book attempts to take a look at the important topic of the effects of psychoactive drugs on sexual response, reproduction, and other aspects of sexuality. It covers hormone therapies (estrogen, testosterone, etc), recreationally-used psychoactives (alcohol, opioids, etc), and a number of different classifications of pharmaceutical medications. This book is a good start at covering a laudable topic, but the ... [ read more ]

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