Mentored by a Madman - The William Burroughs Experiment

Mentored by a Madman - The William Burroughs Experiment

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Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by A J Lees | From Notting Hill Editions

In this extraordinary memoir, neuroscientist Andrew Lees explains how William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, played an unlikely part in his medical career.


Lees draws on Burroughs’ search for an addiction cure to discover a ground-breaking treatment for shaking palsy, and learns how to use the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes to diagnose patients. Lees follows Burroughs into the rainforest and under the influence of yagé (ayahuasca) gains insights that encourage him to pursue new lines of pharmacological research and explore new forms of science.

Notting Hill Editions is devoted to the best in essayistic nonfiction writing, taking its cue from the vivid contribution of the short text to European cultural life, judging that the moment is right to reinvigorate the essay.

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