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By Andy Roberts

Opposite to well known trust, LSD is way extra hooked up to Britain than it really is to the us. This enticing publication seems on the use of LSD in British society, from its arrival in 1952 to the current day. It offers a hidden heritage of a debatable drug and the way it permeated British culture.The writer explores LSD’s use by way of the scientific occupation in treating a number of mental and psychological difficulties. even as, The Ministry of Defence believed they have been on the point of harnessing LSD as a battlefield incapacitation drug which might permit wars to be received with no death. yet LSD’s attractiveness rose with its use one of the British counterculture, from the Nineteen Fifties beatniks via to the overdue 80s acid condominium events. At its peak, whilst it used to be criminal, LSD affected the lives and philosophies of vital participants (politicians, scientists, writers, educators, entertainers, artists, newshounds) in addition to traditional humans for stable and undesirable. This ebook is the 1st to discover LSD’s impressive effect on British tradition and society.

Andy Roberts is a characteristic author for the Fortean instances journal. he's the writer of thirteen books and is a expert to the BBC. He lives in Flintshire, North Wales.

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This area of research is daunting in regard to the amount of materials available and challenging in the scope of its intellectual complexity. Yet it is also very rewarding. It has taught me much about how literature functions in its aesthetic, cultural, and social dimensions. I will be gratified if this study clarifies some of the questions that it raises; I will be even happier if it encourages other scholars to enter this engaging field of research. Over the years, my project has been aided and facilitated by many institutions and individuals, and it gives me great pleasure to acknowledge their help and support here.

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