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January 22, 1938

Drug Addiction

JAMA. 1938;110(4):309-310. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790040063026

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The book is important because it is the only one available today that has a synopsis of all the different theories of the mechanism of tolerance and the abstinence syndrome with the many different methods of treatments advocated. The author has made an extensive review of the world's literature on drug addiction with the object of condensing the information of this important unsolved problem in a concise, available form. About 250 articles are listed in the bibliography, many of them not usually accessible to the general practitioner. Principal attention has been given to the practical aspects of addiction, with the result that it is a smaller and more incomplete work than the book of Terry and Pellen on "The Opium Problem" published in 1928. The author has no preconceived theoretical ideas and is not pledged to any particular view or method and his comments are sound. However, in his opening

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