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November 1927


Arch NeurPsych. 1927;18(5):862-864. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02210050196017

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This book presents an interesting and well documented study on the psychologic, psychopathologic and social aspects of drug addiction, with special reference to conditions in the Argentine Republic, and, more especially, to the city of Córdoba. It is divided into seven parts, preceded by an introductory chapter. In the introduction, the author discusses the psychology of the drug appetite in the light of the opinions expressed by Legrain, and concludes that rather than as narcotic, such drugs as cocaine, morphine, opium, hasheesh, and even coffee and alcoholic beverages, act as euphoric agencies. Craving for these drugs and stimulants is the immediate desire for pleasure, not the. desire for narcosis, which may at last result from large doses. This conclusion is reached after an analysis of the stimulation caused by different types of drugs.

In the first part the different types of drugs, including alcohol, and their effects are studied with