The Evolutionary Origins and Significance of Drug Addiction

By looking at drug addiction from an evolutionary perspective, we may understand its underlying significance and evaluate its three-fold nature: biology, psychology, and social influences. By Dr. Tammy Saah / 06.29.2005 Psychiatrist Abstract By looking at drug addiction from an evolutionary perspective, we may understand its underlying significance and evaluate its three-fold nature: biology, psychology,[…]

‘A Ghost in Daylight’: Drug Literature and Two Centuries of Gothic Convention

British Library, Public Domain Examining how drug literature—writing on drugs by drug users—has consistently resorted to Gothic conventions, images and atmospheres for 200 years.    By Dr. Jayson Althofer (left) and Dr. Brian Musgrove (right) / 09.04.2018 Abstract This article examines how drug literature—writing on drugs by drug users—has consistently resorted to Gothic conventions, images and[…]

Historical and Cultural Aspects of Humanity’s Relationship with Addictive Drugs

Fragment of a Tomb Painting with Seated Woman Holding a Blue Lotus, ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E. / Photo by Peter Roan, Brooklyn Museum, Flickr, Creative Commons Our taste for addictive psychoactive substances is attested to in the earliest human records. By Dr. Marc-Antoine Crocq Psychiatrist Centre Hospitalier de Rouffach Abstract Our taste for addictive psychoactive substances is[…]

Poisons, Potions, and Drugs: Do Shakespearean Concoctions Really Work?

Looking at the botanical and zoological basis of some of these elixirs to find out whether they’d actually work.  Poisons and potions are the weapons of choice for many of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters. Used to seduce lovers, kill enemies and gain power, nothing was too noxious for Shakespeare. Photo by Dan Tentler, Flickr, Creative[…]

Polymorphous Polypharmacy: An Overview of Pharmacy History

A pharmacy. Oil painting by a French painter, ca. 1700. Wellcome Library reference no. 44595i. By Dr. William Schupbach / 09.27.2016 Historian People taking medicines often take more than one medicine simultaneously. Polypharmacy and combination therapy can have many advantages, as well as a number of difficulties, such as non-compliance, unwanted side effects, drug-resistant infections, medical disasters, and[…]