Phantastica—Narcotic and Stimulating Drugs, Their Use and Abuse. By Louis Lewin, MD. Price, 30 s. Pp 335, with no illustrations. Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd., 68-74 Carter Lane, London E.C.4, England, 1964.
It seems that from earliest times man as well as angels has sought to surpass himself. Man's attempt has been by drugs or selfinduced transcendence. The angel of the first hierarchy, of the first order of that hierarchy, who attempted to transcend himself was named Lucifer. It was Tertullian, I believe, who referred to Lucifer as the wisest of all angels. Origen, a father and founder of the Greek Orthodox Church, says that Lucifer, in attempting to surpass his intelligence and his grasp by vowing, "I will be like unto the Most High," fell with a profound fall for his apostasy. And long after, in the 14th century, Duns Scotus was the protagonist of the opinion that Lucifer—by