MUSTO, David F.
Title: American Disease : Origins of Narcotic Control. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Yale University Press, New Haven & London , 1973,
Seller ID: 97914
MUSTO, David F., M.D. The American Disease : Origins of Narcotic Control. New Haven & London : Yale University Press, 1973. First Edition. Pp (8),ix-xiii,(1),1-354. 8vo, red cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "After intensive research into the history of drugs, David Musto presents a major re-evaluation of the role of narcotics in American society. Following the history of narcotic control from the popularity of opium in America in the nineteenth century to today's proposals for heroin maintenance and the legalization of marihuana, he traces two major themes in attitudes toward drug users: to tolerance and repression. His informed account will be an indispensable tool for the understanding of this urgent national problem. The story of the development of narcotic use, legislation, and control involves American foreignpolicy, attitudes toward minority groups associated with particular drugs, the developing medical and pharmaceutical professions, and the gradual gro wth of federal policing power. Dr Musto traces the large-scale federal moves toward domestic and inteernational controls and gives a detailed acccountof the rise and fall of state and city morphine maintenance clinics all ov er America. He presents the history of "cures" for drug addiction and concludes that each new panacea has failed to fulfill eager expectations. As a historian, Dr. Musto has located extensive new material on the evolution of our drug laws; as a physician, he is dispassionate about drugs. His study of the present drug situation will for the first time clarify a confused andpartisan issue." - from the dj. Contents: 1. The American Disease; 2. Dipl omats and Reformers; 3. The Harrison Act; 4. The Search for Cures; 5. Stateand Local Narcotic Control; 6. The Federal Assault on Addiction Maintenanc e; 7. The Narcotic Clinic Era; 8. The Troubled Twenties; 9. Marihuana and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics; 10. Federal Support of the Medical Approach; 11. The Dynamics of Narcotic Control. With notes and index. Very good in rubbed dustjacket with closed tears, now in brodart. 40.00