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Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society (7th Edition) Paperback – January 9, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0205037261 ISBN-10: 0205037267 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn and Bacon; 7 edition (January 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205037267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205037261
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comprehensiveness, currency, and critical thinking set this introductory drug book apart from its competitors. Designed with today's drug-related controversies in mind, this book uses multiple pedagogical features to bring together the biological, psychological, and sociological effects of drug use and abuse. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr. Charles F. Levinthal is Chair of the Department of Psychology and Professor of Psychology at Hofstra University, where he has taught and conducted research since 1971, having received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is author of fifteen books, including Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society, 7th ed. (2012), Drugs, Society, and Criminal Justice, 3rd ed. (2012), Point/Counterpoint: Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy (2003), Introduction to Physiological Psychology, 3rd ed. (1990), and Messengers of Paradise: Opiates and the Brain (1988). Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society has been published in Korean (2008), and Messengers of the Paradise: Opiates and the Brain has been published in Spanish (1989) and Japanese (1991). His present research interests include issues in substance abuse and dependence, clinical neuropsychology, and cognitive decision-making. Dr. Levinthal presented the Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 1987 and was voted by the graduating Class of 2003 as Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Dr. Levinthal was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2010.


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Dr. Charles F. Levinthal is Chair of the Department of Psychology and Professor of Psychology at Hofstra University, where he has taught and conducted research since 1971, having received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is author of fifteen books, including Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society, 7th ed. (2011), Drugs, Society, and Criminal Justice, 3rd ed. (2011), Point/Counterpoint: Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy (2003), Introduction to Physiological Psychology, 3rd ed. (1990), and Messengers of Paradise: Opiates and the Brain (1988). Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society has been published in Korean (2008), and Messengers of the Paradise: Opiates and the Brain has been published in Spanish (1989) and Japanese (1991). His present research interests include issues in substance abuse and dependence, clinical neuropsychology, and cognitive decision-making. Dr. Levinthal presented the Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 1987 and was voted by the graduating Class of 2003 as Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Dr. Levinthal was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2010.

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It has good data and good individual data on each drug.
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I find it to be very informative and easy to read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Xanadu on February 20, 2012
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I am an undergraduate reading this text for my "Drugs and Behavior" course. I don't usually write reviews, but this particular text struck a chord in me.

At some points the text does a good job of giving a basic overview of the effects of drugs on the body, but the perspective throughout is skewed: The historiography of drugs that he constructs is decidedly biased, while the physiological and psychological effects of the drugs listed are selective.

Take the section on MDMA, for instance,

"The physical health concerns with respect to Ecstasy center on its short-term and long-term toxicity. Acute effects [are] severe hypothermia...dehydration...and long term cognitive impairments and emotional difficulties. Heavy and prolonged Ecstasy use can produce confusion, anxiety, sleep problems, reductions in impulse control, and declines in memory and attention"

Mysteriously absent are the well-documented subjective effects on the mind of euphoria, DECREASED anxiety, increased sense of well-being and empathy. Actually, to the author's credit he did mention something about MDMA being explored in the 1980s as a therapeutic drug but concluded by saying that:

"Eventually, after several years of hesitations and reversals, the Drug Enforcement Administration put MDMA permanently on the Schedule I list of controlled substances, indicating that there is no accepted medical application for the drug"

And then he simply ends it there mentioning nothing further of the debate or putting one of those "Drugs...in focus" background/anecdotal boxes on the proceeding page that he is so fond of.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dr Mitchell Earleywine VINE VOICE on August 25, 2000
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I use this text in my undergraduate course 'Drugs and HumanBehavior' at USC. The students like it. The pictures are great. Everything's explained in clear language. The references are up to date, chapters are well organized, and the reviews are comprehensive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Aponte on October 12, 2011
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I actually needed the 7th Edition for my class but I got the 6th Edition and found it to be exactly like the 7th edition only cheaper. I would totally recommend this book, goes into enough detail about different drugs and everything else that you learn without feeling overwhelmed like you would by reading a normal textbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By medicleigh on February 21, 2011
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Great textbook! Very easy to read and understand. Very well written and informative. Includes lots of information on other helpful and interesting resources. Most helpful textbook I've had in a while.
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By Yellowrose on July 10, 2014
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Great book, I will use for many years to come.
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By Brenda Ray on July 4, 2014
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This was required college text book and was extremely informative.
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By Lexi Lynn on March 24, 2014
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Wasn't the biggest fan of this class. We didn't really use the book so I feel it was a waste of money.
I rented it but ended up having to pay for it since it was stolen. To me a waste of money since it wasn't utilized.

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By Ellen on March 11, 2014
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I got this book for my undergrad degree. When I first started college, I purchased all my books which got very expensive. I then began renting my texts through the school and other websites. This semester I decided to check Amazon's rental program. I'm soooo glad I did because the prices can't be beat! The text came super fast, unlike the school bookstore which usually sells out of the rentals fairly quick and other sites who inform you the book is backordered after your class starts and after you were already expecting to receive the text, leaving you in a real bind. Amazon had the book to me in a matter of a few days and at a great price. I'm also enjoying the text itself. I find it to be very informative and easy to read. I often get bored with long readings in my classes but this text has really held my interest and I'm eager to move on to read the next chapter. I will definitely be renting all my texts from Amazon hereafter!
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