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July 6, 1970

Psychedelic Drugs

JAMA. 1970;213(1):133. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170270073035

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This book highlights the fact that the psychedelic drugs involve not only the psyche, but also our social structure as a whole. This is reflected in the educational background of the contributors to this volume. There are 17 contributors with the degree of MD, 5 with the PhD, 3 with theological, and 4 with law degrees. This diversity of interests has led to one of the best presentations and discussions extant on the present status of the psychedelic drugs, with the following subdivisions: research, known or suspected hazards from nonmedical use, legal issues, sociocultural considerations of nonmedical use, and clinical use.

Of particular value are the scholarly panel discussions following the special presentations. The presentation and panel discussions covering nonmedical use and legal issues comprise about 130 pages. This emphasis on the sociological and legal aspects is timely because the data are correlated with the present increase in drug addiction