Ergot Alkaloids: History, Chemistry, and Therapeutic Uses


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    Second Edition.

    23.5cm x 15cm. xxxi, 274 pages. Maroon cloth, gilt lettering.

    First English translation of Die Mutterkornalkaloide documenting Hofmann’s research on ergot that led to the discovery of LSD. “a detailed account of chemical compounds and pharmacological investigation into the potential of magical plants. Starting with the botany and cultivation of the ergot mushroom, Hofmann takes us through the historical elaboration of the fungus including the poisoning epidemic of ergot and its early medical uses all the way to the use of psilocybin as a “magical drug”. With a detailed timeline, we explore the growth of the pharmaceutical-chemical investigation from 1816 to 1961 with a total synthesis of ergotamine including tables of chemical structures and the role of lysergic acid, d-lysergic acid and diethylamide in experimental psychiatry gaining increasing importance in psychotherapy as a medical aid. Hofmann brings an observational account of these plants and their ceremonial and healing purposes still used by indigenous peoples such as the “Peyotl” cactus, “Teonanactl” the sacred mushroom of the Aztecs and “Ololiuqui” the seeds of bindweed plants.” (publisher’s blurb)

    . New Book.

    $45.00 AUD

    4 in stock

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