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The Drug Addict as a Patient.

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By NYSWANDER MARIE. , M.D. 172 pages; 14.5 X 22.5 cm. Grune & Stratton; , New York: . 1956.. Price, $4.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(1):185. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-47-1-185_1
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At the outset, the purpose of this book seems to be to establish the case for the non-institutional therapy of addicts as sick individuals rather than as criminals in need of compulsory repentance. The thesis of this cause is set forth in two chapters which are largely quotation. One of these is the recounting of British experience in handling addicts and the other is a verbatim quote of the August, 1955, report of the Subcommittee on Drug Addiction of the New York Academy of Medicine.

The sequential reader may well be discouraged from cover to cover reading by two early


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