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Dark Paradise: Opiate Addiction in America Before 1940,

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In this eye-opening book, David Courtwright offers an original interpretation of a puzzling chapter in American social and medical history: the dramatic change in the pattern of opiate addiction. Once observed primarily among upper- and middle-class matrons, addiction came to be concentrated among young, lower-class urban males, often with a delinquent or criminal record. He challenges the view that the shift resulted simply from new laws such as the Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914, and shows that a crucial role was played by ...

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Dark Paradise: Opiate Addiction in America Before 1940,
1982, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674192614

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