The American Disease: Origins of Narcotic Control

Paperback | December 1, 1998

byDavid F. Musto

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The American Disease is a classic study of the development of drug laws in the United States. Supporting the theory that Americans' attitudes toward drugs have followed a cyclic pattern of tolerance and restraint, author David F. Musto examines the relationz between public outcry and thecreation of prohibitive drug laws from the end of the Civil War up to the present. Originally published in 1973, and then in an expanded edition in 1987, this third edition contains a new chapter and preface that both address the renewed debate on policy and drug legislation from the end of the Reagan administration to the current Clinton administration. Here, Musto thoroughlyinvestigates how our nation has dealt with such issues as the controversies over prevention programs and mandatory minimum sentencing, the catastrophe of the crack epidemic, the fear of a heroin revival, and the continued debate over the legalization of marijuana.

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The American Disease is a classic study of the development of drug laws in the United States. Supporting the theory that Americans' attitudes toward drugs have followed a cyclic pattern of tolerance and restraint, author David F. Musto examines the relationz between public outcry and thecreation of prohibitive drug laws from the end of...

David F. Musto, M.D., a well-known authority on drug abuse, is Professor of Child Psychiatry and the History of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195125096

ISBN - 13:9780195125092

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Preface to the Third EditionPreface to the Expanded EditionPreface1. The American Disease2. Diplomats and Reformers3. The Harrison Act4. The Search for Cures5. State and Local Narcotic Control6. The Federal Assault on Addiction Maintenance7. The Narcotic Clinic Era8. The Troubled Twenties9. Marihuana and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics10. Federal Support of the Medical Approach11. The Return of Drug Toleration, 1965-198512. Renewed Efforts at Control, 1986-199713. The Dynamics of Narcotic ControlNotesIndex

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"The best single text around on the evolution of our narcotics laws and the political and social climate that shaped them."--The Washington Post Book World