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Book and Media Reviews
August 15, 2007

Patients With Substance Abuse Problems: Effective Identification, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(7):807-812. doi:10.1001/jama.298.7.808

The nation's leading causes of death are related to tobacco smoke and to alcohol, drugs, and other addictions. Despite the prevalence and associated costs, the topic of substance abuse and dependence remains relatively underemphasized in the training of health care professionals. For example, many physicians are better at evaluating lung lesions or levels of serum liver enzymes than at treating the smoker or alcohol abuser. In this book, Edgar P. Nace, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Joyce A. Tinsley, MD, of the Institute of Living and the University of Connecticut, attempt to remedy the situation by introducing general practitioners and other clinicians to basic concepts and recent advances in the areas of substance abuse diagnosis, intervention, and treatment. The authors present a wealth of information in a manuscript that is highly readable and easily understandable.