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June 18, 1982

Drugs of Choice: Current Perspectives on Drug Use

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by Richard G. Schlaadt and Peter T. Shannon, 303 pp, with illus, paper, $15.95, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;247(23):3270-3271. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320480076041

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The preface to this book indicates that it is addressed to the needs of "anyone interested in drug education." It seems primarily directed to consumers of drugs who choose their own medication or choose drugs for recreational purposes. In the introduction the authors note that "the topic is highly emotionally charged; it is heavily ladened with individual values and personal biases; it is inundated with myths and inaccurate information." Unfortunately, the book may do little to change this situation.

The idea of the book is good, that is, "today's consumer must be informed and responsible for rational drug use." However, the book tries to cover too much territory in 300 pages and with too little solid research. Although some of the references refer to professional journals, many refer to the Drug Information Center, University of Oregon. Standard medical school pharmacology books or references, such as Medical Pharmacology by Goth, are