Mystic Chemist: The Life of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery by Dieter Hagenbach, Lucius Werthmüller

By Dieter Hagenbach, Lucius Werthmüller

Mystic Chemist starts at the beginning of the 20th century, within the Swiss city of Basel that's evolving from a well-liked wellbeing and fitness spa right into a significant business urban. the tale concludes greater than a century later, after celebrating Albert Hofmann's a hundredth birthday. It tells the original tale of a quickly to be recognized scientist, highlighting his educational trip, his examine at Sandoz after which, because the discoverer of LSD, his conferences and interactions with illustrious writers, artists and thinkers, from world wide, whose universal curiosity is a fascination with the recent wonder-drug. Luminaries like Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert look at the scene and Hofmann starts off a prolific correspondence with them and different events. occasionally he sends a pattern, different occasions he hears in their "trips” on LSD or different psychedelic elements, like mescaline or psilocybin. From the start he's taking a favorable view in the direction of efforts through physicians and psychotherapists to incorporate LSD in new methods to the therapy of health problems. He sees the "psychedelic" capability of this "wonder drug" as useful to all. And he expresses his conviction that mystical reviews and journeys to different worlds of attention are the simplest practise for the final trip he and each one among us good needs to finally make. on the age of 102, Albert Hofmann dies at domestic. His energy and open mindedness stick with him till his final breath. The lifetime of Albert Hofmann, the Mystic Chemist, is an affidavit to how you can succeed in a good age all of the whereas final bodily and mentally healthy and spiritually acutely aware. Mystic Chemist: The lifetime of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD tells the tale of Albert Hofmann's existence and the parallel tale of the wonder-drug, LSD. The publication runs to 408 pages and includes over 500 colour and black and white images, illustrations and drawings; a few of them by no means released earlier than. With a foreword through international well known Czech psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, Mystic Chemist should be released in could 2013, and comes in hardcover and softcover versions.

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