By Louise Foxcroft
What does drug habit suggest to us? What did it suggest to others long ago? and the way are those meanings hooked up? In glossy society, the assumption of drug dependancy is a set and normally understood proposal, but this was once now not consistently the case long ago. This publication uncovers the unique affects that formed the construction and some of the interpretations of habit as a sickness, and of dependancy to opiates specifically. It delves into the remedies, regimes, and prejudices that surrounded the , a newly rising pathological entity and a kind of 'moral madness' in the course of the 19th century. The resource fabric for this ebook is wealthy and marvelous. Letters and diaries give you the such a lot relocating fabric, detailing own struggles with habit and the pains of these who cared and despaired. Confessions of disgrace, deceit, distress and terror take a seat along these of deep sensual excitement, visionary manifestations and joyful freedom from care. The reader can keep on with the lifelong opium careers of literary figures, artists and politicians, glimpse a uncooked underworld of hidden drug use, or see the bleakness of city and rural poverty alleviated through day-by-day doses of opium. Delving into diaries, letters and confessions, this booklet exposes the clinical case histories and the physician's mad, lazy, advertisement, contemptuous, determined, altruistic and annoyed makes an attempt to house drug dependancy. It demonstrates that a few of the stigmatising prejudices arose from fake 'facts' and semi-mythical ideals and hence has major implications, not just for the background of dependancy, but additionally for a way view the at the present time.
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Extra resources for The Making of Addiction: The 'use and Abuse' of Opium in Nineteenth-century Britain
81 This rhetoric of fallenness was pervasive throughout the nineteenth century, generating tensions between materialist and idealist understandings of the self and of moral action, between social identities and aesthetic ideals. Materialists adhered to a doctrine of necessity that rendered human action mechanical and governable by laws of causation. 83 Coleridge appeared almost to revel in the guilt and shame he felt at the squandering of his talents and his feelings of ‘utter nothingness, impotence, & worthlessness’.
He saw no conflict in his contradictory experiences for they were the paradoxical results of his selfexploration. But his work did not escape criticism, and much of that was based on moral issues rather than on a denial of his literary skill or the veracity of his experiences. He was accused of being a pernicious influence, a vile inspiration to the potential addict, and there were calls for the work to be suppressed. 27 When there was a fatality in 1823 a physician at the inquest reported that he had witnessed an alarming increase in such incidences ‘in consequence of a little book that has been published by a man of literature, which recites many extraordinary cases of taking opium’.
83 Coleridge appeared almost to revel in the guilt and shame he felt at the squandering of his talents and his feelings of ‘utter nothingness, impotence, & worthlessness’. 84 His letters on opium read like a litany of desperation and shame, analytical and excoriating. They do not deserve the glib criticism of such as Lefebure or Hayter who have refused to ‘believe what he tells us about it’ and who will not give credit or trust to either his memory or his truthfulness. , letter to J. J. 175. 149.
The Making of Addiction: The 'use and Abuse' of Opium in Nineteenth-century Britain by Louise Foxcroft