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It flowed freely at times of the plague: bearers carrying the corpses to their graves were often drunk. " 17 As a fifteenth-century heretic revealingly remarked: "There was more good in a cask of ale than in the four gospels. " 18 Thomas' observations on tobacco are equally interesting and relevant. "Smoking was introduced to England early in the reign of Elizabeth I and had become well-established by the time of her death. At first there was an attempt to represent tobacco as being taken for medicinal purposes, but the pretence soon became unconvincing.
That the central figure in the Christian religions is a plulrmakos is obvious. " Resurrected as a deity, He is truly the Christian panacea, THE SCAPEGOAT AS DRUG AND THE DRUG AS SCAPEGOAT 27 the cure-all for all ills, a function previously discharged, u we have seen, through the ceremonial killing of the phDnnalcos. Thus we come full circle: from pharmtJJcoi to pharmacology; from cure-alls through human sacrifice to cure--alls through chemistry; and to the sacrifice of pharmacological phamuJkoi-throagb whose expulsion Man, the god of chemistry, seeks to purify his polluted earthly Garden.
We thus pay homage, and huge salaries as well, to psychiatrists and other mental health workers to combat the "plague" of drug addiction, as if they were bona fide physicians-when actually they are priests clothed in the mantle of medicine, the raiment appropriate for the priesthood of the scientific age. Furthermore, the very concepts of clean. and dirty (unclean) are, originally, religious concepts. The fact that we now use the same words with medical meanings attached to them both obscures and clarifies the distinction between medicine and magic.