June 1985

Drugs, Drinking, and Adolescents

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Arizona Health Sciences Center 1501 N Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85724


by Donald Ian Macdonald, 258 pp, $15.95, Chicago, Year Book Medical Publishers, 1984.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(6):639. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140080109046

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Drugs, Drinking, and Adolescents represents a substantial effort to bring into focus the growing problem of adolescent substance abuse. Dr Macdonald has brought information together from outside and within the medical field to provide a better understanding of the individual, family, and social perspectives of this major handicapping condition.

The book has appeal for all health professionals including house staff and other primary care physicians, especially pediatricians and those who care for adolescents. The book is available in paperback and is easy to read. The text comprises 12 well-organized chapters. There are multiple contributors and each chapter is extensively referenced. This book is recommended reading for those who wish to gain an understanding of the problem of alcohol and drug abuse and also as a review of this mounting problem as it exists today.

The author presents the problem of drug and alcohol abuse from its impact on the child,

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