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Preface, 2001 A Note on Terminology and Spelling Introduction 1. The Extent of Opiate Addiction 2. Addiction to Opium and Morphine 3. Addiction to Smoking Opium 4. Addiction to Heroin 5. The Transformation of the Opiate Addict 6. Heroin in Postwar America 7. The Drug Wars Appendix: Addiction Rate and City Size Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index

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David T. Courtwright is Presidential Professor at the University of North Florida and the author of Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America and Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World. He was an inaugural recipient of the highly competitive NEH Public Scholar Grant and is a regular media commentator on the history of addiction.

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[An] impeccably literate and acute analysis...One of the major themes of this book is that 'what we think about addiction very much depends on who is addicted.' This view is convincingly supported in a historical review that is both absorbing to read and extremely relevant to a general understanding of the social forces connected with opiate use. -- Martin Plant British Medical Journal Dark Paradise...is an interesting account of the history of the use of opiates in the United States, which is relevant to any western country. Although this book would be of most interest to those in the drug and alcohol treatment and policy areas, it is important reading for anyone with an interest in the political, legal and treatment aspects of drug dependence. It shows clearly how politics play a crucial role in the sanctioning of drug use and the social effects of different approaches to addressing drug dependence...Dark Paradise is recommended reading for anyone interested in the history of opiate dependence. It is presented in a factual format, but with a human focus. Courtwright illustrates beautifully the impact of social and legislative changes on the individual with an opiate addiction while managing to avoid an emotive or "one-sided" account of events. -- Sandra Sunjic Drug and Alcohol Review 20021201

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