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The difficult choice that local and national government has been making between permissive and punitive attitudes toward the social use of drugs is part of a problem that is centuries old. The human disposition to make certain drugs an important part of existence has been a continuing feature of civilized and tribal life; some scholars have even declared that this drug-taking propensity is one of the unique traits of Homo sapiens.
Brian Inglis takes on a large task in analyzing man's use of and response to drugs. He looks at the introduction of tobacco, coca, peyote, strong alcohol like gin,
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The Forbidden Game. A Social History of Drugs.. Ann Intern Med. 1976;85:412. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-3-412_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(3):412.
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