Addiction a century ago

Addiction, mainly in the upper classes, was viewed with sympathy. It was not a criminal offense to buy or sell morphine. Freud for a time prescribed cocaine to some of his excitable patients, and we know that Sherlock Holmes, when he was bored, injected himself with a 7% solution. Soon after their accession, the tzar and tsarina in St. Petersburg were taking a mixture of marijuana and hyoscine by way of relief from official cares…

— Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence, p. 629

 

Sigmund Freud. Photo by Max Halberstadt, c. 1921. Via Wikimedia. Public domain. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Photo by Arnold Genthe, 1914. Via Wikimedia. Public domain.

 


 

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