Science: Nicotine Addict

Though he would seldom walk a mile for a cigaret, T. Harper Goodspeed is so addicted to nicotine that he traveled 12,000 miles to risk his neck traipsing about the Andes to gather tobacco plants. As heroic as his efforts were some of his finds —tobacco plants 40 feet high.

Goodspeed's addiction is chiefly botanical: he was hunting for new species of tobacco and other plants for the practical U.S. Department of Agriculture and for his own purer research at the University of California. He tells his adventures in a new book, Plant Hunters in the Andes (Farrar & Rinehart; $5). Like...

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