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Opium and the People: Opiate Use and Drug Control Policy in Nineteenth Century England

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7202.131 (Published 10 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:131
  1. Martin Plant, director
  1. Alcohol and Health Research Centre, Edinburgh

    Virginia Berridge

    Free Association Books, £16.95, pp 370


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    ISBN 1 85343 413 2

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    Reading the revised edition of this acclaimed work is like renewing an acquaintance with an old friend. The 1981 book, though mainly written by Virginia Berridge, also included a section by Griffith Edwards. The new edition is solely the work of Virginia Berridge, a distinguished historian, who has produced a truly wonderful text. This provides the definitive overview of the widespread use of opium in Britain during the 19th and early …

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