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High Society, Wellcome Collection

High Society, Wellcome Collection

A mind-expanding trip through the history of drug-taking across cultures

Just say no? 'Morphinomane' by Eugene Grasset, 1897

It’s amazing what you might have found in your average bathroom cabinet 100 years ago. For those niggling aches and pains, what could be more effective than a bottle of Bayer’s Heroin Hydrochloride? Or how about a soothing spoonful of Sydenham’s Laudanum? If you’re simply in need of a quick pick-me-up, a sip or three of Hall’s Coca Wine – the “Elixir of Life” (basically liquid cocaine) - might put a jolly spring in your step. Oh, and don’t forget those cocaine eyedrops after a particularly long day staring at the officer ledger.

It’s amazing what you might have found in your average bathroom cabinet 100 years ago. For those niggling aches and pains, what could be more effective than a bottle of Bayer’s Heroin Hydrochloride? Or how about a soothing spoonful of Sydenham’s Laudanum? If you’re simply in need of a quick pick-me-up, a sip or three of Hall’s Coca Wine – the “Elixir of Life” (basically liquid cocaine) - might put a jolly spring in your step. Oh, and don’t forget those cocaine eyedrops after a particularly long day staring at the officer ledger.

Self-experimentation among doctors, psychiatrists and scientists was, in fact, commonplace

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do you have any recollection of any photographic projects that have used unusual perspectives or used reflection. I am doing a MA in photography and looking for sources of information that can support my project that of using different vantage points and inversion pof position of some images. Thank You for your help.

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