A Brief History of Cocaine

Long before drug cartels, crack wars and TV shows about addiction, cocaine was promoted as a wonder drug, sold as a cure-all and praised by some of the greatest minds in medical history, including Sigmund Freud and the pioneering surgeon William Halsted.

According to historian Dr. Howard Markel, it was even promoted by the likes of Thomas Edison, Queen Victoria and Pope Leo XIII.

Read about it here:  http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/07/22/social.history.cocaine/index.html?hpt=hp_t2