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December 1985

The Marijuana Question and Science's Search for an Answer

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Medical College of Georgia Augusta, GA 30912


by Helen C. Jones and Paul W. Lovinger, 560 pp, $24.95, New York, Dodd Mead & Co Inc, 1985.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(12):1225. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140140059028

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Jones and Lovinger have compiled a vast amount of information about marijuana from scientists, public officials, parents, and marijuana users. This book, which is more than 500 pages in length, is written as a reference source for health professionals and lay persons. It is divided into two major parts: one chronicles the effects on the individual and the other recounts the impact of marijuana use on society. Within each segment there is, for the avid reader, extensive supplementary information supported by nearly 700 source notes.

The references provide historical perspective as well as a scientific data base. The authors describe folklore, cultural differences, and early medicinal uses of marijuana. Sources include research publications, scientific presentations, congressional hearings, newspaper reports, and personal communications. Such a variety of resources contributes to the uneven credibility of the work, but enhances its readability.

It is unlikely that many notable investigations of the actions of

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