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February 11, 1998

CocaineCocaine Addiction: Theory, Research, and Treatment

Author Affiliations

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


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association


by Jerome J. Platt, 458 pp, $49.95, ISBN 0-674-13632-2, Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(6):479-480. doi:10.1001/jama.279.6.479-JBK0211-4-1

I would rather have a life span of ten years with coca than one of ten million centuries without it.—Paolo Mantegazza

Thus does Platt introduce the reader to Cocaine Addiction. Such a view was espoused by Freud and others. However, just as Freud's perceptions of the euphoria were dampened as he watched his friend Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow disintegrate into a state of cocaine delirium and die, Platt tempers readers' perceptions as he takes them on the slow downward journey through the debilitating and destructive effects of this chemical.

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