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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This volume in the Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry series is composed of three sections devoted to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
Purpose: It provides a succinct but detailed overview of the literature on drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse followed by commentaries by experts in specific areas of controversy. The book highlights some of the differences and similarities in these areas emphasizing the importance of prevention, healthcare delivery, policy formation, and academic research.
Audience: It is intended for psychiatrists, other medical and mental health professionals, behavioral and social scientists, and a wide range of professional groups from the health and social services.
Features: Each of the book's three sections consists of three chapters covering epidemiology, prevention, and treatment. Each chapter reviews the literature and succinctly summarizes the available that provide clinical and public health perspectives from various parts of the world. Many focus on controversies in specific topics geared to encourage thought in these areas.
Assessment: This is a brief book with a long list of expert contributors. Although it is not a reference, it does succinctly review the literature in this field. It addresses a variety of issues in policy, politics, and public health from a broad, worldwide perspective. The commentaries at the end of each section are pertinent and, at times, thought provoking. This book would be best appreciated by individuals with knowledge in this area, but will be educational for anyone interested in this topic.