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September 22, 1956

The Drug Addict as a Patient

JAMA. 1956;162(4):434. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970210174032

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As an outgrowth of the Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914, the drug addict has been forced into an unwanted alliance with the underworld and the physician who undertakes to treat him is in danger of losing his license to practice and of being imprisoned. The author of this forthright book not only gives a clear and concise discussion of the pharmacology of habit-forming drugs but also goes straight to the root of the problem of drug addiction. There are chapters on the physiological effects of narcotics, the psychological make-up of the addict, social pathology as related to drug addiction, and the diagnosis of addiction, with treatment and rehabilitation of the addict. The subject is of great importance to physicians, because they have been excluded from the treatment of a tragic disease and their efforts are necessary if they are to regain their logical place in the treatment of this condition.

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