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Dark paradise : a history of opiate addiction in America

Author: David T Courtwright
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Enl. edView all editions and formats
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"David T. Courtwright offers an interpretation of a puzzling chapter in American social and medical history: the dramatic change in the pattern of opiate addiction from respectable upper-class matrons to lower-class urban males, often with a delinquent or criminal record. Challenging the prevailing view that the shift resulted simply from harsh new laws, Courtwright shows that the crucial role was played by the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Courtwright, David T., 1952-
Dark paradise.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001
(OCoLC)654260836
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David T Courtwright
ISBN: 0674005856 9780674005853
OCLC Number: 45700507
Description: xiii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The extent of opiate addiction --
Addiction to opium and morphine --
Addiction to smoking opium --
Addiction to heroin --
The transformation of the opiate addict --
Heroin in postwar American --
The drug wars.
Responsibility: David T. Courtwright.

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