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From the Publisher"An essential tool to understand the biology of addiction as well as the history, politics, and sociology of the issue. Dr. Goldstein brings to the policy debate a powerful scientific perspective based on decades of research backed by common sense."—General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), former Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy
"A visionary drug abuse researcher has taken a comprehensive look at the field, made the science accessible, and raised issues of importance to professionals, policymakers and the general public. This is an excellent starting point for anyone thinking seriously about drug abuse and addiction." —Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
"This wonderfully readable book...shows here how science can illuminate the many perplexities of the drug policy front lines. And it is a text illuminated throughout by the author's humanity."—Griffith Edwards, Editor-in-Chief, Addiction
"Goldstein directs this readable small volume toward 'intelligent non-experts.'.... [He] goes to great lengths to show how each class of drugs produces its own form of addiction and why humans will go to such great effort to take them."—Floyd Bloom, M.D., Issues in Science and Technology
"It is written in a lively manner, is admirably logical and systematic, and is peppered with interesting quotations and clinical vignettes.... Deserves to be widely read."—Steven E. Hyman, M.D.