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The American Disease: Origins of Narcotic Control Paperback – April 22, 1999
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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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Covers a number of methods that were tried in the effort to control drug abuse, as well as other factors of that era that affected or were affected by narcotics addiction during the time period covered; id est, early 1800's through 1930