American Disease Origins of Narcotic Control

ISBN-10: 0195125096
ISBN-13: 9780195125092
Edition: 3rd 1999 (Revised)
Authors: David F. Musto
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Description: The American Disease is a classic study of the development of drug laws in the United States. Supporting the theory that Americans' attitudes toward drugs have followed a cyclic pattern of tolerance and restraint, author David F. Musto examines the  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/22/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The American Disease is a classic study of the development of drug laws in the United States. Supporting the theory that Americans' attitudes toward drugs have followed a cyclic pattern of tolerance and restraint, author David F. Musto examines the relationz between public outcry and the creation of prohibitive drug laws from the end of the Civil War up to the present. Originally published in 1973, and then in an expanded edition in 1987, this third edition contains a new chapter and preface that both address the renewed debate on policy and drug legislation from the end of the Reagan administration to the current Clinton administration. Here, Musto thoroughly investigates how our nation has dealt with such issues as the controversies over prevention programs and mandatory minimum sentencing, the catastrophe of the crack epidemic, the fear of a heroin revival, and the continued debate over the legalization of marijuana.

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Expanded Edition
Preface
The American Disease
Diplomats and Reformers
The Harrison Act
The Search for Cures
State and Local Narcotic Control
The Federal Assault on Addiction Maintenance
The Narcotic Clinic Era
The Troubled Twenties
Marihuana and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics
Federal Support of the Medical Approach
The Return of Drug Toleration, 1965-1985
Renewed Efforts at Control, 1986-1997
The Dynamics of Narcotic Control
Notes
Index

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