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The author presents a thorough study concerning the uses, abuses and effects of the coca leaf and its derivatives among the population of Peru. The book is divided into three parts. Part I deals with the drug itself. The author describes in detail the role of coca leaves in the routine life of the Peruvian native from historical, medicinal, occupational and economic aspects. The relationship of the coca leaf and its derivatives to cocaine addiction is explained. He presents fairly the various important concepts concerning addiction to the coca leaf and the drugs derived from it. Part II deals chiefly with the addiction through the coca leaf and the effect that it has on the individual physically and mentally and, in a broad aspect, socially. Interesting results of studies concerning habit and abstinence in the coca leaf user and also studies of the action of the drug are presented. Part
La coca: Estudio medico-social de la gran toxicomania peruana. JAMA. 1939;113(13):1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800380066031
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