“Dr. Platt has written a comprehensive review of the English-language literature on cocaine abuse… His scholarship is impressive; he has reviewed more than 1,000 articles covering cocaine’s history, use, pharmacology, behavioral effects, psychopathological and medical aspects, and treatment of abuse… Dr. Platt is an able writer and a talented summarizer.”—William R. Flynn, American Journal of Psychiatry
“Historians still know far too little about the history of narcotics and their wider personal, clinical and social implications, and hence Jerome Platt’s account is to be welcomed… In highly readable prose, yet with an abundance of scientific evidence, Platt discusses all dimensions of the psychosocial effects and implications of cocaine use.”—Medical History [UK]
“Cocaine Addiction will be the definitive reference text on cocaine for many years to come. Jerome Platt’s scholarship is first rate and he does not fall into the trap of forcing resolution to the many cases where the research findings are contradictory. There is simply no comparable reference work which examines systematically the many domains of knowledge which are increasingly coming to have research evidence, if not current clinical relevance.”—Edward C. Senay, M.D.