Louis Lewin (pronounced Leveen), whom some have called the father of toxicology, died in December , aged He spent a lifetime studying morphine. Originally published in Germany in ‘Phantastica’ by Louis Lewin was first published in English in This review is written from the. Phantastica by Louis Lewin – Long out of print, this is a landmark study on narcotic and psychedelic substances by a world-renowned pharmacologist and.

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Louis Lewin’s book “Die Nebenwirkungen der Arzneimittel” deals with the borderline between the pharmacological and the toxicological action of drugs lhantastica the untoward or side-effects of all kinds of medicaments. The latter includes harmine, harmaline and harmalol that function as monoamine oxidase inhibitors found in the seeds of Peganum harmala Harmal or Syrian Rue.

Osiris Oliphant rated phantastuca it was amazing Feb 27, Share on Twitter Tweet. These classifications have of course changed and been renamed over the years since Lewin published the text. In he was finally appointed professor.

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Reason, hide thy face! It is a book of its time and contains anecdotal accounts of inadvertent toxicities and contemporary attitudes to drug use, at a time when there was little or no drug regulation.

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This page was last edited on 3 Septemberat Views Read Edit View history. Leonardo marked it as to-read Jan 13, After some introductory remarks, he outlines pharmacological tolerance.

Ludo is currently reading it Sep 15, In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. His examples range from adaptation by freshwater amoebae to increasing concentrations of salt in their environment, to the adaptability of Everest mountaineers to the adverse effects of altitude. One could get drunk on his literary prose, with its historical allusions, without needing recourse to the substances themselves.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. Emily marked it as to-read Feb 28, Victoria marked it as to-read Feb 05, Of the Pacific islander preparation of kava, Lewin writes in Phantastica: Consider for example adjectival forms describing drug-takers, they generally suffix in —ist: John marked it as to-read Jun 19, Myshkin marked it as to-read Jan 19, Thrawol rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Don rated it it was amazing Jun 16, In Berlina street and the nearby underground train station were named in honour of Louis Lewinn.

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Casey Mcclain rated it it was amazing Dec 17, August Hirschwald Verlag, Returning to Berlin inhe became an assistant at the pharmacological institute of the university, and phantatica he was admitted to the medical faculty as Privatdozent. Matt marked it as to-read Jun 30, His original categories were:.

By the way, did you know that there was also a craze in arsenic consumption? He spent the majority of his life living in Berlin, where he graduated from the University of Berlin in as a medical doctor, specialising in pharmacology and was an expert in the field of toxicology. His descriptions have not, in my view, been bettered anywhere.

Consider, for example, the common practice of drinking diethyl ether. One of Lewin’s most enduring phqntastica was to create a system of classification of psychoactive drugs and plants based on their pharmacologic action.