Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction BureaucracyBook - 2006
Challenges conventional ideas about opiate addiction, arguing that an uncritical acceptance of literary and anecdotal accounts has resulted in romanticization and misguided treatment efforts.
Based on his experience as a British prison and hospital psychiatrist, Dr. Dalrymple challenges conventional ideas about addiction to opiates such as heroin. From literary, medical, and philosophical perspectives, he provocatively argues that uncritical acceptance of accounts of the nature of addiction and the alleged relationship between drugs, creativity, and crime has resulted in romanticization and misguided treatment efforts. After weighing the arguments for and against legalization, he decides against it. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The author was a psychiatrist working in one of the hospitals and prisons of a major British city. His thesis is that our common understanding of drug addiction is based on the notions of romantic authors such as De Quincy and Coleridge, and have little to do with reality. He questions the need for the the vast network of professionals who try to help addicts quit their habit. He has some interesting conclusions as to why the sale of drugs should not be made legal.
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