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February 26, 1982

Substance Abuse: Clinical Problems and Perspectives

JAMA. 1982;247(8):1185. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320330081038

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Classic Contributions in the Addictions,  edited by Howard Shaffer and Milton Earl Burglass, 502 pp, with illus, $35, New York, Brunner/ Mazel Inc, 1981.This review examines two recent additions to substance-abuse literature. Both are edited volumes seeking to synthesize components of this complicated field. Classic Contributions in the Addictions, edited by Howard Shaffer and Milton Earl Burglass, is a 502-page volume in which the editors have compiled works that "have significantly changed or [in their belief] will change the fields of addiction theory, research, and practice." Substance Abuse: Clinical Problems and Perspectives, edited by Joyce H. Lowinson, MD, and Pedro Ruiz, MD, attempts to provide "a comprehensive manual which would bring together the best contemporary thinking on every aspect of this field."The Lowinson and Ruiz work comes closer to providing a comprehensive review of substance abuse. The text is divided into 11 parts. Following sections covering efforts to