Dr. Strange and Strange Trips

Lucas Richert on the relationship between superhero Dr. Strange and his newly released book called Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs. ** In 2016, the film Doctor Strange was released to moderate acclaim but much fanfare. It was considered Marvel’s trippiest film to date. Critics praised the hypnotic visuals (for being nextContinue reading “Dr. Strange and Strange Trips”

Radical Health

Bill Booth kindly invited me on to his podcast to discuss health and medicine. Bill is one of the founders of Radical Americas, an academic network for scholars and activists with interests in radicalism in the Western Hemisphere. Here I spoke with the #radical @WilliamABooth about health, medicine, science and death! Have a listen ifContinue reading “Radical Health”

ADHS 2019

The ADHS is excited to announce that its next bi-annual conference will be held between 12 and 15 June 2019, at the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies, Shanghai University, China. The conference will be organised by Prof. Jim Mills, of the University of Strathclyde and Prof. Yong-an Zhang of Shanghai University, who […]Continue reading “ADHS 2019”

CFP. Temperance and Teetotalism.

RADICAL TEMPERANCE: SOCIAL CHANGE AND DRINK, FROM TEETOTALISM TO DRY JANUARY UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE, PRESTON, 28-29 JUNE 2018 FEATURING KEYNOTE ADDRESSES BY: Professor Scott Martin, Bowling Green University, Ohio Professor Betsy Thom, Middlesex University This conference seeks to explore the radical aspects of the avoidance of alcohol. We are looking for contributions […] via FromContinue reading “CFP. Temperance and Teetotalism.”

Big Pharma Round-Up III

A lot happened in the world of pharmaceuticals this year. The opioid crisis worsened. The FDA got a new chief. There were big failures and prices reemerged as a major issue. Industry needed to contend with the new Trump administration and gene therapy ‘came of age.’ By the way, here is one year in reviewContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up III”

Big Pharma Round-Up II

Here is a snapshot of the past week in Big Pharma news.  This is coming at you a little early because of the Christmas slowdown. Happy holidays. To kick off: The drug industry spent big! Threats to high drug prices prompted biggest lobbying/PR/advertising/influence-buying surge by trade group PhRMA in nearly a decade. We got theirContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up II”

Yoga, 2018

According to Becky, over at The Art of Healthy Living, there are even more yoga trends than I first thought. Below she talks about what’s going to be hot in the yoga world during 2018. * Novelty Yoga Seriously I’m not even too sure what’s left, because it certainly feels as though everything has beenContinue reading “Yoga, 2018”

Drug Tweets

A great day for historians of drugs and alcohol! Told in tweets. Our CSHHH annual lecture by Wendy Kline takes place today at Stenhouse Wing, Room 105 @UniStrathclyde at 5pm. All welcome. — CSHHHGlasgow (@CSHHH_Glasgow) October 10, 2017 We interview @DanMalleck about his #book When Good #Drugs Go Bad. @UBCPress #twitterstorians https://t.co/rvmWwZvqTN pic.twitter.com/OwtONLcorq — PointsContinue reading “Drug Tweets”

Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s

Which drugs should be available for people nearing the end-of-life and suffering pain? What are the limits of appropriate opioid use in modern medicine and within society? The story of heroin in palliative care during the 1980s remains largely untold, and it’s one thoroughly infused with politics, social values and cultural norms of the time.Continue reading “Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s”