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February 23, 1963

Drug addiction: a medical problem.

JAMA. 1963;183(8):719. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700080127045

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The title of this book might lead one to believe that it is devoted exclusively to the questions of diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of narcotic addicts and that it ignores the problems of narcotics control and the relation of crime to addiction. Such is not the case. The author, in the almost 55 years of his very active professional life as a physician, has devoted a major portion of his substantial energies, not only to the treatment of thousands of persons addicted to narcotics, but also to studies of the medical, social, psychological, and legal issues attendant on their problems. The material chosen for presentation in this very readable book reflects his capacity to change his concepts and methods of treatment with the acquisition of new knowledge and his unswerving dedication to the principle of individualized treatment for each patient, no matter what wide swings may occur in public opinion

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