Opium Fiend

Opium Fiend

A 21st Century Slave To A 19th Century Addiction : A Memoir

Book - 2012
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An authority on opium paraphernalia traces the history of opium use while recounting his descent into addiction, describing how his experiments while researching an article led to a dangerous habit that prompted numerous rehabilitation efforts.
Publisher: New York : Villard, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345517838
Characteristics: 400 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.


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Sep 20, 2012

I thought this book was historically fascinating and autobiographically tragic. The history of opium smoking and the problems which developed world-wide in the late 1800's is well presented.
In more recent history, the author became fascinated with Asian artifacts, and started collected opium pipes and other smoking accoutrements. The story ends tenuously, with the author addicted, then cautiously sober.
I really enjoyed this book, all the way around, and remain opium-free.

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