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Drug control in a free society [electronic resource] /
James B. Bakalar, Lester Grinspoon.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
description
ix, 174 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
052126572X
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
isbn
052126572X
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
11052693
 
Bibliography: p. 154-163.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1985-10:
The authors are competent in the area of law and psychiatry; their book is about the competing images of humanity offered by these two disciplines. The book seeks to go beneath the traditional disagreements between lawyers and psychiatrists and reveal their agreement about human nature. Most human groups have devised and regularly used techniques for altering consciousness, among which alcohol and other drugs are prominent. Bakalar and Grinspoon articulate issues regarding the rights of individuals to diversify and enrich their experiences, and the obligations of governments to protect their citizens. Traditional and alternative ways to deal with drug problems are examined. References, index, and bibliography are impressive. The book should be of interest to all concerned with drug and social control. Public and academic libraries at all levels.-A.J.T. Zumbrun, Catonsville Community College
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Review Quotes
' ... displays a carefuly paced, dry sense of humor ... The authors' impressive reach is ... matched by the firmness of their grasp ... a courageous, a sobering, and an immensely provocative book ... should be read, reread, and discussed by all those who are still motivated ... to improve the human condition.'Journal of Social and Biological Structures
' '¦ displays a carefuly paced, dry sense of humor '¦ The authors' impressive reach is '¦ matched by the firmness of their grasp '¦ a courageous, a sobering, and an immensely provocative book '¦ should be read, reread, and discussed by all those who are still motivated '¦ to improve the human condition.'Journal of Social and Biological Structures
' ... presents the dilemmas, paradoxes, and inequities associated with the imposition of controls on drug use within the context of a society founded on the principle of individual freedom ... valuable reading for scholars; scientists; and students of psychology, law, medicine and religion.' Contemporary Psychology
' ... presents the dilemmas, paradoxes, and inequities associated with the imposition of controls on drug use within the context of a society founded on the principle of individual freedom ... valuable reading for scholars; scientists; and students of psychology, law, medicine and religion.'Contemporary Psychology
' ... thoroughly thought-out, well-written and tightly constructed ... essay, integrated and wide-ranging. The authors have mastered the vast literature on drugs, drug abuse, and the impact of alternative drug control strategies ... a valuable introduction to the literature and issues on drug control for social scientists, philosophers, policy analysts, medical professionals, and up-scale lay readers.'Franklin E. Zimring
' '¦ thoroughly thought-out, well-written and tightly constructed '¦ essay, integrated and wide-ranging. The authors have mastered the vast literature on drugs, drug abuse, and the impact of alternative drug control strategies '¦ a valuable introduction to the literature and issues on drug control for social scientists, philosophers, policy analysts, medical professionals, and up-scale lay readers.'Franklin E. Zimring
' ... displays a carefuly paced, dry sense of humor ... The authors' impressive reach is ... matched by the firmness of their grasp ... a courageous, a sobering, and an immensely provocative book ... should be read, reread, and discussed by all those who are still motivated ... to improve the human condition.' Journal of Social and Biological Structures
' '¦ presents the dilemmas, paradoxes, and inequities associated with the imposition of controls on drug use within the context of a society founded on the principle of individual freedom '¦ valuable reading for scholars; scientists; and students of psychology, law, medicine and religion.'Contemporary Psychology
'This is a landmark book, destined to be regaled and harangued by many : should be read by a wide group of individuals, including members of the legal, political, medical, and drug abuse fields. Its views will irritate some and please others but, like the question of mind-altering drugs themselves, should give us all much to reflect on.' Journal of the American Medical Association
'This is a landmark book, destined to be regaled and harangued by many : should be read by a wide group of individuals, including members of the legal, political, medical, and drug abuse fields. Its views will irritate some and please others but, like the question of mind-altering drugs themselves, should give us all much to reflect on.'Journal of the American Medical Association
' ... thoroughly thought-out, well-written and tightly constructed ... essay, integrated and wide-ranging. The authors have mastered the vast literature on drugs, drug abuse, and the impact of alternative drug control strategies ... a valuable introduction to the literature and issues on drug control for social scientists, philosophers, policy analysts, medical professionals, and up-scale lay readers.' Franklin E. Zimring
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Summaries
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James B. Bakalar and Lester Grinspoon offer a provocative analysis of the philosophical and historical foundations for efforts to control alcohol and drugs in industrial societies. The book will be of interest to all those concerned with drugs and social control, in a wide range of fields.
Main Description
This book offers a provocative analysis of controlling alcohol and drugs in industrial societies.
Main Description
Virtually all known human groups have devised and regularly used techniques for altering consciousness, among which alcohol and drugs are prominent. James B. Bakalar and Lester Grinspoon offer a provocative analysis of the philosophical and historical foundations for efforts to control these techniques in industrial societies. What are the rights of individuals to diversity and enrich their experience? What, conversely, are the obligations of governments to protect their citizens? The authors explore the relevance to drug control of traditional doctrines of political liberty. They discuss the ideas of addiction, dependence, and compulsive drug use, central in both medical and legal definitions of drug abuse. They consider the history and sociology of modern drug control, and go on to present a useful typology of the forms of drug control. After assessing each point, they examine alternative ways of looking at what is usually called the drug problem. The book will be of interest to all those concerned with drugs and social control, in a wide range of fields.
Main Description
Virtually all known human groups have devised and regularly used techniques for altering consciousness, among which alcohol and drugs are prominent. The authors offer a provocative analysis of the philosophical, sociological, and historical background of the attempt to control consciousness-altering drugs in modern industrial societies. In considering the right of individuals to diversify and enrich their experience versus the obligations of government to protect their citizens, they enable readers to step back for a moment and examine alternative ways of looking at what is usually called the drug problem.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Questions of risk and libertyp. 1
The meanings of addiction and dependencep. 35
The historical direction of drug policyp. 68
Varieties of drug controlp. 99
Solution or dissolution of the drug problem?p. 130
Bibliographyp. 154
Indexp. 165
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