By Gary Winship

ISBN-10: 1855757974

ISBN-13: 9781855757974

'Why can we take medicines? i have never the faintest proposal, yet Gary Winship has a damned solid move at telling me the reply. a few may well say this can be a principally educational booklet, yet as an ex-psychiatric nurse and a Jo Public for the final twenty-five years, i would say there is something in the following for everybody. we've got all taken medicinal drugs sooner or later in our lives (except, might be, my grandma) so a technique to determine why is by means of interpreting this attention-grabbing book.'- Jo model, comedian, writer, and actress

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Sometimes myths seem misleading and duplicitous. But it is possible to see strange stories and ancient transactions aggregating in collective meanings and morals, rules and rites of passage as J. G. Frazer (1922) demonstrated in his monumental work, The Golden Bough. The study of myths amounts to a sort of cultural archaeology where psychosocial phenomena can be interrogated to uncover constituents of the mind and human nature itself. Myths arise out of the sleepy daydream of a culture and become embroidered in the imagination of poets, writers, and storytellers.

Though not a drug user, the emergence of Andrew’s fixed delusional system runs a similar course to Martin’s. Andrew had developed a belief that he had run someone over. This type of guilty delusion of accidental homicide, in my experience, is more commonplace than one might expect. Andrew’s belief was vague in the first place and may have even started in his late teens. When he began driving for a living, there were occasions when something would catch him out of the corner of his eye, or in the side mirror.

However, a short while later the point is pressed home when we see Stretch and Spoon walking across the concourse of a New York railway station. There is a slow motion sequence where Stretch looks over to a mother sitting on a bench breastfeeding her baby. This sequence is cut, albeit very briefly, with a close-up shot of a syringe with a moist needle tip. The conflation of the breast and the needle is therefore intentional, and not merely a coincidence of editing. We are alerted to a sort of breast-junkie proposition: is the director suggesting that there is a primary hunger for milk that explains the addictive urge in heroin misuse?

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