Strange Trips

Drugs take strange journeys from the black market to the doctor’s black bag. Order Strange Trips here and here.

If interested, listen to me chat about the book in this podcast via the New Books Network.

“Richert’s organizing concept is…ingenious; his range is impressive; and his willingness to compare the vicissitudes of very different types of drugs is truly original.” – David Courtwright, British Journal of Psychology

Strange Trips presents compelling object biographies of stigmatized ‘radical’ drugs–heroin, the cancer treatment Laetrile, medical marijuana, and LSD–to rethink how their medical values hinged on shifting economic and political climates.” – Jai Virdi, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences

“Even though the scientific concept of a drug might be a rather simple one, the stories the drugs themselves produced along those pathways and over the years are far from being simple as Lucas Richert elegantly explores in his book suggesting that ‘it is time to move beyond the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration in exploring drugs in the 21st century.'” – Sabine Baier, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

“Strange Trips is a rich assembly of seemingly disparate case studies, artfully woven together through a perceptive analysis of meaningful common tropes, as well as a broad and balanced array of scientific and journalistic publications, binational government publications, and well-chosen references to films and popular media. Richert’s careful attention to nuances in the US and Canadian regulatory environments is a particular strength while his powerful and gracefully invoked cultural references provide firm temporal orientation throughout his meditative journey through the strange careers of these vexed and liminal drugs.” – Vanessa Burrows, Canadian Journal of History

“Lucas Richert provides a fascinating, engagingly written, and broadly scoped introduction into the complex history of a number of drugs as well as several key themes in the history of modern drug regulation. Its rich themes will provide significant interest to scholars working in a wide variety drug, regulatory, and medical consumer related areas.” – Matt Oram, Bulletin of the History of Medicine

“Richert chronicles the reemergence of LSD, how Canadian prescription drugs – long a low-cost alternative for Americans – were vilified as part of the American “War on Terror,” and how the American obsession with dieting has allowed dangerous drugs to enter the marketplace. Strange Trips suggests that drug regulation is more about culture than about product safety. Recommended. All readers.” – Choice

“Thoughtfully organized and carefully researched, Strange Trips uniquely weaves typically disparate subjects of study into a singular detailed historical account of control and resistance.” – Neil Boyd, Simon Fraser University

For my European, African, and Middle Eastern readers, here is a discount: Strange Trips discount

UW-Madison Ebling Library. Credit: Sally Griffith-Oh
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