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March 25, 1998

MarijuanaMarihuana: The Forbidden Medicine

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Lester Grinspoon and James B. Bakalar, revised ed, 296 pp, $35, ISBN 0-300-07085-3, paper, $16, ISBN 0-300-07086-1, New Haven, Conn, Yale University Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(12):963-964. doi:10.1001/jama.279.12.963-JBK0325-5-1

The first edition of Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine was published in 1993 and reviewed in JAMA.1 In it, Grinspoon and Bakalar (from Harvard Medical and Law Schools, respectively) presented numerous case reports of symptomatic relief from marijuana in a wide variety of physical and psychological disorders. The patients were those who had been treated less than adequately by more traditional methods and who did not necessarily belong to a drug-abusing subculture.

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