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Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior, 12th Edition Paperback – November 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0073529615 ISBN-10: 0073529613 Edition: 12th

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 12th edition (November 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073529613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073529615
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Ksir received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington. Following his postdoctoral training in Neurobiology at the Worcester Foundation in Massachusetts, he began a 34-year career in teaching and research at the University of Wyoming, where he also served in a variety of administrative positions. Now a professor emeritus, he focuses his efforts on teaching and textbook writing. He has taught the psychology course Drugs and Behavior to over three thousand students since 1972, and has received several teaching awards.

Dr. Carl Hart is an Associate Professor in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University and is also a Research Scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A major focus of Dr. Hart’s research is to understand the complex interactions between neurobiological and environmental factors that mediate and modulate the actions of drugs of abuse, including drug-taking behavior and cognitive performance. Dr. Hart’s research has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the past several years. In addition to his substantial research responsibilities, Dr. Hart teaches an undergraduate Drugs and Behavior course and was recently awarded Columbia University's highest teaching award.

After graduating from Cornell University and serving a brief stint in the U.S. Army, Oakley Ray became a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh, training to be a clinical psychologist. He completed his clinical training and moved to animal research even before he received his Ph.D. Working in the behavioral research laboratory of Larry Stein, he learned all the techniques and technologies of brain stimulation and biochemistry relevant to the expanding field of neuropsychopharmacology. Stein’s laboratory was part of a multidisciplinary research facility so Oakley Ray learned brain anatomy, surgery, biochemistry, and pharmacology. When Larry Stein moved on, Oakley Ray took over the lab, expanded it, and established it as an independent research laboratory. He continued working in Pittsburgh as an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and at Chatham College while still directing the research laboratory in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Leech Farm Road in Pittsburgh.

Following his move to Nashville to be Professor in Psychology and Pharmacology, and later in Psychiatry, as well as the Chief of the Psychology Program at the Nashville Veteran’s Administration Hospital, he became more involved in human psychopharmacology. He later served as the Executive Secretary of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

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It was very informative, well organized, and an easy read.
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The text is relatable to the society and I would definitly suggest this book to someone else!
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That being said, there was a lot on the test that I am pretty sure was not in the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Ramsay on May 23, 2010
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I purchased this book to help me study for the DSST exam on Substance Abuse. It was very informative, well organized, and an easy read. I learned a lot from this book and I highly recommend it to people studying for the DSST exam, or people just looking to learn more about the history, use, and trends of every drug ever used. Food for thought, I passed the test with flying colors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Malley on March 15, 2008
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I was assigned readings from this book for my Biopsychosocial aspects of addictions class in graduate school for counseling. Compared to other textbooks, it is a relatively easy read, and there's a great deal of helpful information contained in it. My only complaints for the book thus far are that the chapters on physiology and anatomy include a great deal of information that assumes the reader already has a basis of knowledge in anatomy, biology, and physiology and certain terms aren't defined in context. Also, the book does not contain a great deal of information on "club drugs" such as ecstasy, ketamine, PCP, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen on December 26, 2011
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I used this book in my studies for the DSST Substance Abuse test. It was very helpufl and I loved the chapter summaries, however it was quite a bit more in-depth than what I needed for the test. Thankfully, I was fairly aware of that at the beginning of my studies, so I did not wast too much time studying the areas that I didn't need to.

One big benefit of this book is the accompanying website. The audio chapter summaries and chapter quizes were excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Stephens on September 3, 2007
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This product was great. I love the text in the book. It is interesting and it is placed in an easy to understand format. The text is relatable to the society and I would definitly suggest this book to someone else!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david on April 8, 2009
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i think this book would be nice for someone who wants to know more about drugs, the brain, the body and how everything works all together. its a pretty interesting book....i'm not much of a reader. i usually fall asleep when i read books, but this one was decent enough to keep me reading on and on.

i would not read this book for a second time because i don't care enough about the content to warrant a second read. i only read it because it was required.
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Needed this book for a class. It was okay. I used another book called "Buzzed" to help me understand drugs and human behavior. This book was not easy to understand
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By Kat on November 23, 2013
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I needed this book to test out of a class for school. It was readily available, and in good shape for a used book.
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By Patricia Pilioglos on October 4, 2013
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This book has all the needed information to pass the DANTES test. I only had two days to study for the DANTES teat.Substance.abuse test. I passed, the book is full of pertinant information.
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