Medicine And Books

Drugs and Narcotics in History

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:697
  1. Michael Farrell

    Ed Roy Porter, Mikulas Teich Cambridge University Press, £30, pp 227 ISBN 0 521 43163 8

    As drug problems get worse we look to the past for answers. The interpretation of this past often depends on the lesson that the historian or policy advocate wishes to abstract. Drugs and Narcotics in History is a nice, somewhat random, selection of papers which includes aspects of the history of pharmaceutical regulation and pharmaceutical research—a welcome combination of two streams of work that rarely meet.

    Virginia Berridge in a thought provoking chapter asks about the role of history in policy on AIDS and drugs. Is history to be used as a …

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