January 1963

The Murderers: The Story of the Narcotics Gangs.

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By Harry J. Anslinger (U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics), and Will Oursler. Price, $6.50, Pp. 307. Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, Inc., 19 Union Sq. W., New York 3, 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;8(1):106-107. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720070108015

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Anslinger and Oursler's account of our present narcotic problem might well be overlooked by most psychiatrists. Yet one of its authors, Harry J. Anslinger, has perhaps had as much personal experience as any living person in a certain aspect of the narcotic problem, namely, that of law enforcement with which he has been intimately associated during the many years he served as Director of the Bureau of Narcotics of the U.S. Treasury Department from the time of its formation in 1930 until his recent retirement. During this time, law enforcement officers have come to have extensive contact with the narcotic problem. Hopefully, physicians and social scientists will begin to feel a need to assume a more active role in investigating the nature of this problem and in planning the community's approach to it. In order to assume this role of leadership, psychiatrists will need to become familiar with the observations

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