In 1884, pioneering surgeon Dr. William Stewart Halstead finds that he and three colleagues are slowly but surely becoming seriously addicted to the cocaine that they have been using in anesthetic self-experiments.
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Dr. William Stewart Halstead
[Addresses bedraggled colleagues
It is my considered opinion that cocaine is a habit-forming drug. Recall the past four or five weekends. Why have they been so depressing? Why? All week long, we feel fine. Then the weekends come along, Saturday and Sunday. We feel low, depressed - can't wait until we get back to work. There's not one of us who has any interest that lies outside of this room. Why? It's not the work that's driving us any more - it's the drug. We proved one thing more about ...