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Solvent Abuse - A Population-Based Neuropsychological Study (Paperback, 1991) Loot Price: R1,806 Discovery Miles 18 060 You Save: R96 (5%)
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Solvent Abuse - A Population-Based Neuropsychological Study (Paperback, 1991): Oliver Chadwick, H. Ross Anderson, J.Martin...
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Solvent Abuse - A Population-Based Neuropsychological Study (Paperback, 1991)

Oliver Chadwick, H. Ross Anderson, J.Martin Bland, John Ramsey

Series: Recent Research in Psychology

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1. 1 History of Solvent Abuse The practice of deliberately inhaling various gases or vapors in order to induce an altered state of mood or sensibility is not new. As noted repeatedly in other reviews (eg, Cohen, 1973; Novak, 1980), it was recognized in early Greek civilization as an adjunct to divination; indeed, it has now become customary, if not obligatory, to refer to the Oracle at Delphi before considering the more recent history of the subject. According to legend, the priestess at the Temple at Delphi would achieve communion with the Gods by inhaling the naturally-occurring gas that emanated from a fissure in a rock. Inhalation would induce a trance-like state. Her mystical observations and utterances while in this state were interpreted by the Temple Prophet and issued as divine pronouncements to those seeking guidance. Incenses, perfumes and spices have probably always been used in ceremonial worship and religious ritual. However, in sofar as it is possible to make the distinction, these substances have been used primarily for their aromatic qualities rather than for their intoxicating effects. The recreational use of gases and vapors dates from the end of the eighteenth century and may be seen as a concomitant of the scientific advances that preceded the industrial revolution. Following the synthesis of nitrous oxide by Sir Joseph Priestley in 1776, the potential uses of the gas were explored in depth by Sir Humphrey Davy.

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Imprint: Springer-Verlag New York
Country of origin: United States
Series: Recent Research in Psychology
Release date: October 1991
First published: 1991
Authors: Oliver Chadwick • H. Ross Anderson • J.Martin Bland • John Ramsey
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 8mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 150
Edition: 1991
ISBN-13: 978-0-387-97607-5
Barcode: 9780387976075
Categories: Books > Medicine > Other branches of medicine > Psychiatry
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LSN: 0-387-97607-8

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