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May 1964

Passport to Paradise...?.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):796. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110176057

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This is a very interesting book, based on a great deal of reading about the hallucinogenic drugs which are now so much in the public eye. As we all know, they are being used widely by pharmacologists, brain physiologists, and experimental psychiatrists—in their efforts to learn more about the functioning of the synapses between the millions of neurones in the brain, and more about the nature of schizophrenia.

The book is written in such a way that, while of interest to laymen, it can be a handy source book for students of pharmacology. Dr. Finch describes practically all of the strange drugs that are now known to affect the brain—some of them discovered by the ancients in the Orient; some used for centuries by primitive "medicine men," to help them to go into religious and medical trances; and some, like LSD, recently discovered by chemists.

Today, these drugs are being

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