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Drug Treatment Systems in an International Perspective: Drugs, Demons, and Delinquents

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7213.859 (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:859
  1. Diyanath Samarasinghe, associate professor and head
  1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Eds Harald Klingemann, Geoffrey Hunt


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    Sage Publications, £15.99, pp 327

    ISBN 0 7619 0543 X

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    The contrived subtitle, “drugs, demons, and delinquents,” might lead one to suspect that this book is a superficial and clichéd analysis of the subject and best avoided. Most books that set out to cover treatment of drug dependence, even those without melodramatic titles, are probably best avoided—other than by those preparing for examinations. This book, however, is a careful analysis of the subject that reveals the remarkable similarities in the dilemmas recognised, and alleged solutions offered, by different countries. A “global” review such as this offers the opportunity to analyse what really constitutes …

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