Medicine: The Aural High

Swallowing, sniffing, smoking and injecting are the prevalent ways of using drugs. One youngster has accidentally explored another method—packing her ear. The aural high was reported in a whimsical letter to the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Thomas E. Piemme of the George Washington University School of Medicine. Identified only as a "young lady of 18," the unwitting pioneer was undressing for a nude dip in the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool during an antiwar demonstration. She solved the problem of how to protect half a gram of hashish by depositing it in her left ear. How to extract the...

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