First identification of drugs in Egyptian mummies

First identification of drugs in Egyptian mummies AN DIE HERAUSGEBER Responding to auch fiir die Gutachter, die fiber die Zulassung der Arbeiten entscheiden. 2) Es handelt sich um einen ,,Grubenhunt", also eine absichtlich falsche Publikation, die man in eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift einschleust, um den Herausgeber zu blamieren. Dies ist selbst Zeitschriften wie ,,Nature" geschehen und ist der Wunschtraum vieler Wissenschaftler. Sollte dies der Fall sein, so gratuliere ich den Autoren. 3) Aus irgendeinem Grunde k6nnte das Material inner- oder auf3erhalb des Labors, m6glicherweise mit Absicht (,,Pitcairn-Mensch"), kontaminiert worden sein. 4) Man akzeptiert die sehr unwahrscheinliche Vorstellung yon vice-versaKontakten von Agyptern und pr~ikolumbianischen Amerikanern. Prof. Dr. G. Hertting Pharmakologisches Institut der Universit~it Hermann-Herder-StraBe 5, W-7800 Freiburg i. Br. In their article the authors claim to have identified traces of the narcotic drugs cocaine, tetrahydrocannabinol (from hashish), and nicotine in hairs, bones, and soft tissues from Egyptian mummies, dated about 1000 Bc and about 400 AD. Such findings are hard to believe. Both the genus Erythroxylon (coca) and the genus Nicotiana (tobacco), as sources of cocaine and nicotine, are indigenous to America and can hardly have been known in ancient Egypt if one does not intend to construct highly speculative transatlantic journeys and trade relations between Egypt http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Naturwissenschaften Springer Journals

First identification of drugs in Egyptian mummies

Naturwissenschaften, Volume 80 (6) – Jun 1, 1993

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1993 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Life Sciences; Life Sciences, general; Environment, general
ISSN
0028-1042
eISSN
1432-1904
DOI
10.1007/BF01135905
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Abstract

AN DIE HERAUSGEBER Responding to auch fiir die Gutachter, die fiber die Zulassung der Arbeiten entscheiden. 2) Es handelt sich um einen ,,Grubenhunt", also eine absichtlich falsche Publikation, die man in eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift einschleust, um den Herausgeber zu blamieren. Dies ist selbst Zeitschriften wie ,,Nature" geschehen und ist der Wunschtraum vieler Wissenschaftler. Sollte dies der Fall sein, so gratuliere ich den Autoren. 3) Aus irgendeinem Grunde k6nnte das Material inner- oder auf3erhalb des Labors, m6glicherweise mit Absicht (,,Pitcairn-Mensch"), kontaminiert worden sein. 4) Man akzeptiert die sehr unwahrscheinliche Vorstellung yon vice-versaKontakten von Agyptern und pr~ikolumbianischen Amerikanern. Prof. Dr. G. Hertting Pharmakologisches Institut der Universit~it Hermann-Herder-StraBe 5, W-7800 Freiburg i. Br. In their article the authors claim to have identified traces of the narcotic drugs cocaine, tetrahydrocannabinol (from hashish), and nicotine in hairs, bones, and soft tissues from Egyptian mummies, dated about 1000 Bc and about 400 AD. Such findings are hard to believe. Both the genus Erythroxylon (coca) and the genus Nicotiana (tobacco), as sources of cocaine and nicotine, are indigenous to America and can hardly have been known in ancient Egypt if one does not intend to construct highly speculative transatlantic journeys and trade relations between Egypt

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Published: Jun 1, 1993

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