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Addiction: From Biology to Drug Policy Hardcover – January, 1994


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"A refreshingly straightforward and scientifically rigorous consideration of a wide range of information."--Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Cell


"Goldstein directs this readable small volume toward 'intelligent non-experts.'.... [He] goes to great lengths to show how each class of drugs produces its own form of addiction and why humans will go to such great effort to take them."--Floyd Bloom, M.D., Issues in Science and Technology


"It is written in a lively manner, is admirably logical and systematic, and is peppered with interesting quotations and clinical vignettes.... Deserves to be widely read."--Steven E. Hyman, M.D.


"This book is for everyone. Clinicians, experimental psychologists, and the ubiquitous intelligent layperson will all enjoy and learn from this book."--Contemporary Psychology


"An essential tool to understand the biology of addiction as well as the history, politics, and sociology of the issue. Dr. Goldstein brings to the policy debate a powerful scientific perspective based on decades of research backed by common sense."--General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), former Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy


--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Avram Goldstein, M.D. is Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, Stanford University. He is the author of Principles of Drug Action, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is the recipient of many awards including the Franklin Medal, the Nathan B. Eddy Award, and the Sollman Award. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W H Freeman & Co; First Edition edition (January 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716723840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716723844
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,957,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
As a neophyte teacher in the field, I have been scouring bookstores and libraries for sources of information to update myself and to present to students. I have found this book as exiting to read as any novel and chalk full of understandable information. Latest research, logical and clear annalogies. Quickly became my #1 favorite resourc
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I had this book for a college class! Its the best book I have ever read on drugs and their effect on the brain! It is a very thorough, well explained description that is easy to follow!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By patricia perez on August 28, 2013
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It was the first edition. I thought it was the second edition and it doesn't say that it isn't anywhere.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Visionary on June 26, 2009
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This book is approximately one of the lousiest I have ever read. It lack precision, it lacks an awareness of the central concepts that are being used and it is inconsistent - all the way inconsistent. I thought when I was reading it, that the author cannot really mean this, its is too incoherent and flavored by other views, at one time he uphelds the Native American Church from below, then he tells that all "these things" are bound to be dangerous in the western society. Then he asks questions like why does all these plants with all the psychoactives in them live by the humans and how could they have found the concocts. But he does not have an answer, and he stops reflecting when the interesting questions come up. Why is that?
The chapter of hallucinogens is where the author is so non-cognizant that it is a complete shame. If the author had presented the field of hallucinogens in a precise way, and then led some descent argument forward, that would have been OK. Instead he discloses his ignorance for all to see. For example: He claims that the release of serotonine sets in motion an excitatory release of glutamate and that this explains the psychoactive effects. This contradicts the fact that all psychoactive effects are only partially explained biochemically, because set and setting factors play enormous roles in these respects. The author touches this, but seems to ignore it as soon as it is convenient throughout the book. Furthermore his citing of existing research is extremely bad. Look at this: " Some effects of the hallucinogens resemble some symptoms of schizophrenia ,,,,,,,,,,, much research has been devoted to trying to understand this ........ ". The book lacks precision and there are no references. Not even inside the book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Minori on August 23, 2013
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I took a BU course on Drugs and Behavior, and this was one of two books the professor recommended we get. I barely used this book. I read two, maybe 3 chapters, tops. And I don't even think I read the whole chapter, either. The only chapter I really found helpful was the first chapter on neuroscience. Other than that, the book didn't have a lot of the information, the facts, that I needed for the quizzes. The author will sometimes go into stories, which is fine, but not helpful to me. I don't think it was badly written, but I just found it incredibly unhelpful for the class. Had I known that before, I wouldn't have bought it or I would have returned it and either way, saved the money I paid for this book.
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