Habit-Forming Agents: Their Indiscriminate Sale and Use a Menace to the Public Welfare. U.S. [at head of title] Department of Agriculture Farmers' Bulletin 393.

Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 1910.

Booklet, stapled in wrappers (23 x 15 cm.), 19 pages. Photographic illustrations in text (halftones). FIRST EDITION. An exposé, targeted to residents of rural districts, of narcotic agents in patent remedies and soft drinks, as well as the illicit trade in morphine and other drugs. Illustrations depict numerous commercially available (and perfectly legal) preparations containing morphine and coca-leaf extracts, Coca-Cola prominent among them (Coca Cola did not become entirely cocaine-free until 1929). The author, Lyman Frederick Kebler (1863-1955), was an American chemist, physician, and writer. He "administrated the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and was involved with uncovering counterfeit drugs. His office managed all chemists whose task was to determine the boundary between drugs and food, for which different criteria were enforced. By 1908 the Drug Laboratory was divided into four laboratories and was renamed the Drug Division. Kebler became Director of the Drug Division... Kebler became known as a 'foe to fakers' for his research on exposing fraudulent medical scheme" (Wikipedia). Fine in wrappers. Fairly well represented in institutional collections, but uncommon in commerce.

Price: $250.00