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Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior, 12th Edition [Paperback]

Charles Ksir , Carl Hart , Oakley Ray
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November 2006 0073529613 978-0073529615 12th
Designed for the introduction to drugs and substance abuse course as taught in departments of health education, psychology, biology, sociology, and criminal justice, this full-color market-leading text provides the latest information on drugs and their effects on society and human behavior. For over thirty years, instructors and students have relied on it to examine drugs and behavior from the behavioral, pharmacological, historical, social, legal, and clinical perspectives.


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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.

Product Details

  • 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: #94,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Review 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful December 26, 2011
By Jen
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 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
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book April 8, 2009
By david
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Drugs, Society and Human Behavior January 10, 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars School book November 23, 2013
By Kat
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars a must have 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars For Class
I only have it for class. It is dry and is not the most exciting thing to read. But shipping wise it came in good shape and I had no problems.
Published 17 months ago by Danny
4.0 out of 5 stars School Book
this book is very informative and if you area of study is drug and alcohol then this is a great book to stay and get informed.
Published 18 months ago by S. Furtado
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy!!
Great condition!! A little highlighting but all words and pages is there clearly to read!! Great price for the condition of book!! Great buy!! :)
Published on February 14, 2012 by Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Drugs, Society and Human Behavior 12th edition
This book was better than advertised. It didn't look like it had been used. Excellent condition and fast delivery. Thank you.
Published on August 10, 2010 by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Substitute for 13th Edition
My roommate paid $113 for this at the university bookstore, I bought this for $5. I'm currently getting an A while hes got a C. Read more
Published on April 14, 2010 by Doge
4.0 out of 5 stars DSST
Bought the book as a self study book in preparation for DSST test SO495. I read through the book once and went back over a couple sections that I didn't understand well on the... Read more
Published on February 11, 2010 by Joe D. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars great
Great quality, great condition, got it on time ....... excellent. Would not stress about buying from this person.
Published on October 11, 2009 by Clarissa Monlina
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
It was in great condition. This book will work in place of the 13th edition and is much cheaper.
Published on September 25, 2009 by C. Winder
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