Literary Review: ‘Intoxication’ by Ronald K. Siegel

Psychedelic Press UK

IntoxicationOriginally published in 1989 under the title ‘Intoxication: Life in the Pursuit of Artificial Paradise,’ this 2005 reissue by Park Street Press is entitled ‘Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances.’ The author, Ronald K. Siegel is a psychopharmacologist interested in the social and psychological effects of drugs. His other works include ‘Fire in the Brain’ and ‘Whispers: The Voices of Paranoia’.

For the animal rights activist this book would read very closely to a book of horrors, which includes all-kinds of experiments examining the use of all-manner of drugs, from hallucinogens, to coca, to alcohol, on the behaviour of everything from insects to ‘higher’ primates. However, while these various experiments—some conducted by the author himself and others cited—might get the blood of the animal activist boiling, the results are without-a-doubt interesting; regardless of the ethics involved. Moreover, and perhaps more compellingly in reference to the overall point of the…

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