"Anyone with an interest in social history will find this book fascinating. . . . A valuable resource and an interesting read."
Drugs and Alcohol Review
"The sermons, speeches, medical arguments, and policy papers gathered here adequately convey changing attitudes toward these sometimes licit, sometimes illicit substances. For classes in public policy, reform, or public health or for individuals interested in these areas, this book will be exceedingly informative and useful."
Journal of the History of Medicine
"It is a powerful, clearly written, and well-researched reference on the history of drugs in the U.S...Readers will learn much about the temperance movements and the introduction of cocaine into the American market, including coca Cola products."
"This volume is an ambitious attempt to provide, through a collection of primary sources, an overview of the US experience with drugs and drug control. . . . Drugs in America is a splendidly edited volume, of interest both to the substance abuse specialist and the general reader."
Jama: Journal of the American Medical Association
About the Author
David F. Musto M.D. is Professor of the History of Medicine and Child Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and Lecturer of History and American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of The American Disease: Origins of Narcotic Control.