Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
It was not until the mid 1950s that substance abuse was considered a topic relevant to medicine. Individuals suffering from addictive disorders were of interest to physicians when their illness affected specific organ systems, but the addiction itself was a matter for the criminal justice system or the clergy. Although these attitudes began to change 40 years ago, only in the past 10 to 15 years has the field of addiction medicine gained credibility based on its research, clinical, and educational efforts.
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