Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Principles of Addiction Medicine, published
by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), is interesting not only
for its comprehensive, hands-on approach to the treatment of substance abuse
but also because the existence of ASAM and its textbook remind us of the dualism
that runs throughout the field of addiction medicine.
One source of this dualism is the perspective that substance dependence
is a moral disease. This moralism sets up a battle between good drugs and
bad drugs, good patients and bad patients, unimpaired providers and recovered
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