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On Speed: The Many Lives of Amphetamine
     

On Speed: The Many Lives of Amphetamine

by Nicolas Rasmussen
 

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ISBN-10: 0814776019

ISBN-13: 9780814776018

Pub. Date: 03/01/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

Incorporating extensive new research, On Speed describes the ups and downs (fittingly, there are mostly ups) in the history of amphetamines, and their remarkable pervasiveness. For example, at the same time that amphetamines were becoming part of the diet of many GIs in World War II, an amphetamine-abusing counterculture began to flourish among civilians. By the

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Incorporating extensive new research, On Speed describes the ups and downs (fittingly, there are mostly ups) in the history of amphetamines, and their remarkable pervasiveness. For example, at the same time that amphetamines were becoming part of the diet of many GIs in World War II, an amphetamine-abusing counterculture began to flourish among civilians. By the late 1960s, speed had become a fixture in everyday life: more than 7% of Americans were active users of amphetamines.

Although their use was regulated in the 1970s, it didn't take long for amphetamines to make a major comeback, with the discovery of Attention Deficit Disorder and the role that one drug in the amphetamine family-Ritalin-could play in treating it. Today's most popular diet-assistance drugs differ little from the "diet pills" of years gone by, still speed at their core. And some of our most popular recreational drugs-including the supposedly "mellow" drug, Ecstasy-are also amphetamines. Whether we want to admit it or not, writes Rasmussen, we're still a nation on speed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814776018
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,121,779
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The New Sensation 6

2 Benzedrine: The Making of a Modern Medicine 25

3 Speed and Total War 53

4 Bootleggers, Beatniks, and Benzedrine Benders 87

5 A Bromide for the Atomic Age 113

6 Amphetamine and the Go-Go Years 149

7 Amphetamine's Decline: From Mental Medicine to Social Disease 182

8 Fast Forward: Still on Speed, 1971 to Today 222

Conclusion: The Lessons of History 255

Notes 261

List of Archival Sources 347

Index 348

About the Author 352

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