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LSD. My Problem Child. Translated by Jonathan Ott


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ISBN 10: 0070293252 / ISBN 13: 9780070293250
Published by McGraw-Hill, New York, 1980
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Black cloth lettered in orange. pp (xiv), (210). A fine copy. Black dust jacket has a 2 cm tear to lower inner corner of front panel; orange spine lettering sunned to yellow; mild rubbing at head of spine and outer corners; VG otherwise, flap price intact. Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered LSD in 1938, tells the story of his career and his development of a mystical world view. Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Gordon Wassen, Ernst Junger, and others appear. Uncommon and important book. Bookseller Inventory # 30515

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Title: LSD. My Problem Child. Translated by ...

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, New York

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First US edition.

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This is the story of LSD told by a concerned yet hopeful father, organic chemist Albert Hofmann. He traces LSD's path from a promising psychiatric research medicine to a recreational drug sparking hysteria and prohibition.

We follow Dr. Hofmann's trek across Mexico to discover sacred plants related to LSD, and listen in as he corresponds with other notable figures about his remarkable discovery.

Underlying it all is Dr. Hofmann's powerful conclusion that mystical experience may be our planet's best hope for survival. Whether induced by LSD, meditation, or arising spontaneously, such experiences help us to comprehend "the wonder, the mystery of the divine‹in the microcosm of the atom, in the macrocosm of the spiral nebula, in the seeds of plants, in the body and soul of people."

More than sixty years after the birth of Albert Hofmann's problem child, his vision of its true potential is more relevant, and more needed, than ever.

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Dr. Albert Hofmann, born January 11, 1906, is a prominent Swiss scientist best known as the "father of LSD". He was born in Baden, Switzerland, and studied chemistry at the University of Zürich. His main interest was the chemistry of plants and animals, and he later conducted important research regarding the chemical structure of the common animal substance chitin, for which he received his doctorate. Hofmann joined the pharmaceutical-chemical department of Sandoz Laboratories (now Novartis), located in Basel, studying the medicinal plant squill and the fungus ergot as part of a program to purify and synthesize active constituents for use as pharmaceuticals.His research in lysergic acid, the central shared component of ergot alkaloids, eventually led to the synthesis of LSD-25 in 1938. It was five years later, on repeating synthesis of the almost forgotten substance, that Dr. Hofmann discovered the psychedelic effects of LSD after accidentally absorbing some through his fingertips on April 16, 1943. Three days later, on April 19 (later known as Bicycle Day, after his bicycle ride home that day while under LSD's influence), Hofmann deliberately consumed 250 micrograms of LSD, and experienced far more intense effects. This was followed by a series of self-experiments conducted by Hofmann and his colleagues. He calls LSD "medicine for the soul" and is frustrated by the worldwide prohibition that has pushed it underground. "It was used very successfully for 10 years in psychoanalysis," he said, adding that the drug was hijacked by the youth movement of the 1960s and then unfairly demonized by the establishment that the movement opposed. He concedes LSD can be dangerous in the wrong hands. He has been the author of over 100 scientific articles and has written (or co-written) a number of books, including LSD, My Problem Child, which is partly an autobiography and describes his famous bicycle ride.

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