Murder, Magic and Medicine

Very good book by John Mann tracing the history of pharmaceuticals from pre-history to now, in all their various uses. I learned that Pope Leo XIII approved of cocaine usage, the potion that Juliet took was likely based on curare, and that most people that discovered these drugs are far more adventurous with their bodies than I would ever be. An economics puzzle: Why is the latest edition 50 times as expensive as the next most recent edition?


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