Mike Jay

The Drugs Do Work

Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment

By A J Lees

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In 1982 the neurologist Andrew Lees had a dream in which he was sitting on the seabed with a telescope observing a molecular structure above him. As two hydroxyl groups unfurled from a central benzene ring, he recognised the molecule as apomorphine, which William Burroughs had championed in the preface to Naked Lunch as the ‘junk vaccine’ that cured his addiction.

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