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Books, Journals, New Media
December 22/29, 2004

Alcohol and Drug Use, History

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2004;292(24):3032-3038. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.3034

The history of drugs and alcohol is a fertile field of inquiry. Altering American Consciousness does an admirable job of introducing some key themes of that history in America. The collection of essays emerged from an invited conference held at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, and there was a conscious effort from the outset to unite the articles around a common theme. As editors Sarah Tracy and Caroline Jean Acker note in their detailed introduction, “we believe the essays in this volume will enhance our understanding of the dynamic relationship between culture and chemistry” (p 22). These essays, diverse as their topics may be, are valuable guides to some key issues in contemporary drug and alcohol debates.

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