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Dispelling the Myths About Addiction: Strategies to Increase Understanding and Strengthen Research; Care of Drug Users in General Practice: a Harm Minimisation Approach

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7145.1683 (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1683
  1. Roy Robertson., medical practitioner
  1. Edinburgh Drug Addiction Study, Edinburgh

    Dispelling the Myths About Addiction: Strategies to Increase Understanding and Strengthen Research

    Institute of Medicine

    National Academy Press, £32.95, pp 218

    ISBN 0 309 06401 5

    Care of Drug Users in General Practice: a Harm Minimisation Approach

    Ed Berry Beaumont Radcliffe Medical Press, £16.50, pp 187 ISBN 1 85775 236 8

    The increasing clinical and academic interest in drug dependency has given rise to a rapidly expanding literature. Topics range from the severely pragmatic clinical approach to the scrutiny of addictive processes at a cellular level. The narrowly clinical perspective of drug problems, with its correspondingly limited range of clinical options, has yielded to a new consensus about the need for treatment and a recognition that drug dependency is a disease, requiring treatments that are based on evidence.

    The major themes of Dispelling the Myths about Addiction are that …

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