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The term "phantastica" has been chosen by the author to cover those drugs which, by direct action on the brain, release stores of its latent energy. "They relieve the mentally tortured, assuage the racking pains of the sick, inspire with hope those doomed to death, endow the overworked with new vitality and vigor, such as no strength of will could attain, and replace for an hour its exhaustion and languor of the overworked by mental comfort and content." No wonder there is no race of human beings on earth that does not make use of one or the other of these drugs. These agents are of profound interest and there are few authors better fitted to present this subject to the general reading circle than the pharmacologist Lewin, who has taken a special interest in the study of these drugs.
Though Lewin would like to make the term "phantastica" cover
Phantastica, Narcotic and Stimulating Drugs: Their Use and Abuse. JAMA. 1932;98(16):1403. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730420061033
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