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Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic


27 July 2019 14:00 - 15:00


Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Kent BR3 3BX

Author and Co-Curator Mike Jay will talk in depth about mescaline's geographical and historical significance.

Mike Jay has written widely on the history of science and medicine, and particularly on the discovery of psychoactive drugs during the 18th and 19th centuries. His books on the subject include Emperors of Dreams: drugs in the nineteenth century (2000, revised edition 2011) and most recently High Society: mind-altering drugs in history and culture (2010), which accompanied the exhibition he curated at Wellcome Collection in London. The Atmosphere of Heaven is also the third book in his series of biographical narratives of political reformers in 1790's Britain. It follows The Air Loom Gang (2003, revised edition forthcoming 2012) and The Unfortunate Colonel Despard (2004).

Image: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, "Portrait of Nena Stachurska, Merck Mescaline + C," (1929). Courtesy of the TeodorBiałynicki-Birula collection, Museum of Middle Pomerania, Słupsk, Poland