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The Encyclopedia of Drug Abuse.

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By O'Brien Robert, Cohen Sidney. . 396 pages. Facts on File, Inc., New York: , 1984.. $40.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(4):578. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-101-4-578_4
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Over 500 entries covering all aspects of drug abuse, written with a minimum of technical jargon. The entries range from the technical to the vernacular ("Skid Row"), and some are amusing ("Hippie: a hedonist whose life centers on meditation and drug-taking. . . . The hippies rejected many of the values held by society, existed on as little money as possible, and were nonaggressive. They were characterized by their long hair, beards, and shabby clothing. The term is becoming obsolete.") The book includes a history of drugs; a drug classification chart; and appendices detailing street language, slang synonymns for drugs,


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