Heroin Dependency: Medical, Economic, and Social Aspects

William E. Thornton, MD
JAMA. 1975;233(1):88. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260010090037.
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This volume should have considerable general appeal to the medical profession. It represents a clearly written, professionally excellent, and comprehensively integrated treatment of a specific drug topic. This contrasts with drug abuse texts that have undertaken the enormously ambitious task of discussing mixed drug topics within a single volume.

The book is divided into three sections. The first begins with an enlightening historical narrative and is followed by a discussion entitled "socioeconomics of heroin use." It is appropriate that this topic occurs early in the presentation because an understanding of the business aspect of heroin is imperative to an intelligent perspective. The discussion of effects of legislation and law enforcement on heroin dependency serves as a continuation of the socioeconomic aspects and is equally provocative. Since decisions and attitudes concerning heroin dependency are often based on epidemiologic measures of incidence and prevalence, a chapter is devoted to the need for


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