Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
David F. Musto, MD, is the editor of Drugs in America:
A Documentary History. This volume is an ambitious attempt to provide,
through a collection of primary sources, an overview of the US experience
with drugs and drug control. Musto's volume promises a great deal and delivers
most of it.
To begin with, the documents are well chosen. Given Musto's more than
30 years of experience writing and researching the history of drugs in America,
this is hardly surprising. Seventy-six sections (most with either one or two
documents) track the evolution of thought regarding alcohol, opiates, cocaine,
and cannabis. The source materials cover drug consumption, medical and scientific
research, and public policy. In this respect, Musto's volume achieves a somewhat
greater breadth of subject coverage than any previous effort in the field.
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