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NOTE: This book has been scanned then OCR (Optical Character Recognition) has been applied to turn the scanned page images back into editable Text. This means that the text CAN be resized, searches performed, & bookmarks added, unlike KindleMoreNOTE: This book has been scanned then OCR (Optical Character Recognition) has been applied to turn the scanned page images back into editable Text. This means that the text CAN be resized, searches performed, & bookmarks added, unlike Kindle Books that are only scanned.We have added an Interactive Table of Contents This means that the reader can click on the BLUE AND/OR underlined links in the Table of Contents & be instantly transported to that Chapter.To make reading easier, especially on smaller mobile devices, we have added the following reading aids: an indent to the first line of each paragraph & a page break after each chapter.Our aim is to provide the reader AND the collector with long out-of-print classic books (OOP) at realistic prices. If you load your mobile device(s) with our books, not only will you have fingertip access to a large library of Antiquarian and Out-Of-Print material at reasonable prices, but you can mark them up electronically & always have them for immediate reference, without worrying about damage or loss to expensive bound copies.We have inexpensively published other interesting nonfiction classics on history, science, reference, etc in. E-book format, including An Apache Campaign in the Sierra Madre. With Table of Contents And List of Illustrations that are Interactive) (ASIN: B0081XAX6O), On The Border With Crook (With Table of Contents And List of Illustrations that are Interactive) (ASIN: B007VQB0GE) both by this same author, & Civil War titles, such as Abraham Palmers The History Of The Forty-eighth Regiment New York State Volunteers, In The War For The Union: 1861-1865 (With Table of Contents And List of Illustrations that are Interactive) (ASIN: B0086I5VEI).We will be adding to our titles regularly, look for our offerings on Amazon.Civil War Era Medicine: Opium Eating: An Autobiographical Sketch by an Habituate is by an anonymous Northern Civil War soldier who became hooked on opium as a result of his wartime service.During the American Civil War, a fair number of soldiers became addicted to opium either in its raw powder form or as a liquid morphine. At the time, the addicting power of opium-based drugs was not known or often was underestimated. Most addictions were due to trying to alleviate the pain of wounds and/or amputation operations. But many were also due to the medical theory of the time that loose bowels and stomach pain from poor food were also cure by doses of opium. Many Northern prisoners of war returned with digestive problems as a result of poor food, lack of food, or Dysentery caused by poor sanitation.Such a one was the anonymous author of this book who spent 18 months in Southern prisons, especially the notorious Andersonville. When he returned home, he became addicted to opium in an effort to treat his digestive problems. His description of his plight and his attempts to free himself of addiction is one of the earliest literary effort in drug literature.This short book of 35,000+ words it is very scarce in its original binding. It is offered here in an inexpensive e-book edition for those interested in medicine/medical practices of the Civil War era.