It inspired written testimonials from William McKinley, Thomas Edison, and Sarah Bernhardt; merited a medal from Pope Leo XIII; produced "exhilaration and lasting euphoria" in Sigmund Freud. Once the stimulant of choice of the enlightened and the elite, cocaine has become, a century later, a plague, ravaging the lives of millions. This book is the first to draw together all the facts about this pervasive drug--from its natural occurrence in a tea-like native South American plant to its devastating appearance as crack in the inner cities of the United States.
Drawing on the latest work in medicine, psychiatry, neuroscience, pharmacology, epidemiology, social work, and sociology, the volume is a highly accessible reference on the history and use of cocaine, its physical and psychological effects, and the etiology and epidemiology of cocaine addiction. It also provides a critical evaluation of the pharmaceutical agents and psychosocial interventions that have been used to treat this addiction. Author Jerome J. Platt answers such basic questions as: What is cocaine? What forms does it come in? How is it administered? What does it do? What are the medical complications of cocaine addiction? What are the treatments, and how successful are they?
Uniquely comprehensive, Cocaine Addiction makes all the latest information on this urgent subject readily available to medical professionals and practitioners, social workers and scholars, and anyone who cares to know more about this perennially troubling drug.
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.
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.
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.
- 480 pages
- 5-5/8 x 8-7/8 inches
- Harvard University Press
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