Medicine: Mushroom Madness

In the spotless Basel laboratories of the Swiss drug company Sandoz A.G. a short, trim scientist of 52 performed a strange experiment. Research Director Albert Hofmann meticulously dissolved five milligrams of white crystals in a test tube of water. Then, while tense assistants looked on, he swallowed the potion, lay down on a couch and waited. Within an hour Hofmann began tg report: "I am losing my normal bodily sensations . . . My perception of space and time is changing . . . Your faces appear strange . . ." Finally: "Now, as I close my eyes, I see...

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