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This book is based on a series of fourteen lectures delivered to the students, of all departments, of the Friedrich-Wilhelm University during the winter of 1928-1929. As the subject was intended for a lay audience, the author naturally does not go profoundly into the more technical medical and chemical problems involved; albeit some of his chemical details probably would be far beyond the apprehension of the average American university student. The book covers the history, chemistry, physiologic effects and dangers of practically all the habit-forming drugs with which man is accustomed to poison himself, including the alcoholic and caffeinic beverages, the opiates, the anesthetic (ether) and hypnotic (chloral) groups, tobacco, cocaine, hasheesh and mescal. One is somewhat surprised to find included in such a collection the spices —pepper, cinnamon, etc.—although there may be some reason for considering atropine.
Dr. Thomas' literary style is pleasant, and he shows
Betaubungsmittel und Rauschgifte. Ihre Gewinnung, Eigenschaften und ihre Gefahren.. Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(5):1105. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220170225024