The Cult of Pharmacology

Author: Richard DeGrandpre
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822388197
Format: PDF
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America had a radically different relationship with drugs a century ago. Drug prohibitions were few, and while alcohol was considered a menace, the public regularly consumed substances that are widely demonized today. Heroin was marketed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and marijuana was available as a tincture of cannabis sold by Parke Davis and Company. Exploring how this rather benign relationship with psychoactive drugs was transformed into one of confusion and chaos, The Cult of Pharmacology tells the dramatic story of how, as one legal drug after another fell from grace, new pharmaceutical substances took their place. Whether Valium or OxyContin at the pharmacy, cocaine or meth purchased on the street, or alcohol and tobacco from the corner store, drugs and drug use proliferated in twentieth-century America despite an escalating war on “drugs.” Richard DeGrandpre, a past fellow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and author of the best-selling book Ritalin Nation, delivers a remarkably original interpretation of drugs by examining the seductive but ill-fated belief that they are chemically predestined to be either good or evil. He argues that the determination to treat the medically sanctioned use of drugs such as Miltown or Seconal separately from the illicit use of substances like heroin or ecstasy has blinded America to how drugs are transformed by the manner in which a culture deals with them. Bringing forth a wealth of scientific research showing the powerful influence of social and psychological factors on how the brain is affected by drugs, DeGrandpre demonstrates that psychoactive substances are not angels or demons irrespective of why, how, or by whom they are used. The Cult of Pharmacology is a bold and necessary new account of America’s complex relationship with drugs.

Ritalin Nation

Author: Richard J. DeGrandpre
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393320251
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Argues that the causes of ADD lie mainly in society's reliance on stimulants and not in biological factors, and that the drug Ritalin is a quick fix rather than a long-term solution.

Drugs and Drug Policy

Author: Clayton J. Mosher
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483321886
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Drugs and Drug Policy, Second Edition provides a cross-national perspective on the use and regulation of both legal and illegal drugs. This engaging text examines and critiques drug policies in the United States and abroad in terms of their scope, goals, and effectiveness. Authors Clayton J. Mosher and Scott Akins also discuss the physiological, psychological, and behavioral effects of legal and illicit drugs; the patterns and correlates of use; and theories of the “causes” of drug use.

Blaming the Brain

Author: Elliot Valenstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743237870
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In Blaming the Brain Elliott Valenstein exposes the many weaknesses inherent in the scientific arguments supporting the widely accepted theory that biochemical imbalances are the main cause of mental illness. He lays bare the commercial motives of drug companies and their huge stake in expanding their markets. This provocative book will force patients, practitioners, and prescribers alike to rethink the causes of mental illness and the methods by which we treat it.

Paramedic Practice Today

Author: Barbara Aehlert
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
ISBN: 0323085377
Format: PDF
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Get the tools you need to succeed! With its conversational, easy-to-read style, Volume 2 of Paramedic Practice Today: Above and Beyond simplifies topics and helps you master National Standard Curriculum objectives and meet the new National Education Standards. It also includes a companion DVD-ROM with step-by-step videos demonstrating key skills in the textbook, along with medical animations and video lectures. Because this book corresponds to the National Registry of EMTs National EMS Practice Analysis, it provides you with the best possible preparation for the National Registry exam. A JB Course Manager resource is available to accompany this title. JB Course Manager is an easy-to-use and fully hosted online learning platform. For additional information, or to make your request, contact your Account Specialist or visit http://go.jblearning.com/JBCM.

Clinical Psychology

Author: Andrew M. Pomerantz
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1506333753
Format: PDF, Docs
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Recipient of the 2017 Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) Up to date with current DSM-5 coverage throughout, the comprehensive, highly-readable Fourth Edition of Clinical Psychology: Science, Practice, and Culture provides students vital exposure to the real-world practice of clinical psychology balanced with the latest research in the field. Throughout the book, author Andrew M. Pomerantz explores clinical assessment, psychotherapy, ethical and professional issues, current controversies, and specialized topics in a scholarly, yet fascinating, easy-to-read style. Value-priced and packed with clinical examples, the Fourth Edition offers more coverage of cultural/diversity issues in clinical psychology than any other text for the course, as well as thorough coverage of recent, prominent developments in psychotherapy and clinical assessment. New topics, new pedagogy, expanded discussions of ethics, and hundreds of new references published since 2014 make this a resource students will keep and refer to throughout their professional lives.

Chasing the Scream

Author: Johann Hari
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1620408929
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The New York Times Bestseller The Book Behind the Viral TED Talk For the first time, the startling full story of the disastrous war on drugs--propelled by moving human stories, revolutionary insight into addiction, and fearless international reporting. What if everything you think you know about addiction is wrong? One of Johann Hari's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not be able to. As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, unable to know what to do, he set out on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to discover what really causes addiction--and what really solves it. He uncovered a range of remarkable human stories--of how the war on drugs began with Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, being stalked and killed by a racist policeman; of the scientist who discovered the surprising key to addiction; and of the countries that ended their war on drugs--with extraordinary results. His discoveries led him to give a TED talk and animation which have now been viewed more than 25 million times. This is the story of a life-changing journey that showed the world the opposite of addiction is connection.

The Age of Anxiety

Author: Andrea Tone
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465086586
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A critical study of America's tranquilizer culture ranges from the 1950s to the present day as it looks at Americans' increasing dependence on pills and prescriptions to ensure peace of mind, traces the growth of the billion-dollar anti-anxiety business, and assesses the economic, cultural, and social influence of pharmaceuticals.

The Cigarette Century

Author: Allan Brandt
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0786721901
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From agriculture to big business, from medicine to politics, The Cigarette Century is the definitive account of how smoking came to be so deeply implicated in our culture, science, policy, and law. No product has been so heavily promoted or has become so deeply entrenched in American consciousness. The Cigarette Century shows in striking detail how one ephemeral (and largely useless) product came to play such a dominant role in so many aspects of our lives—and deaths.

Marihuana

Author: E.L. Abel
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1489921893
Format: PDF, ePub
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Of all the plants men have ever grown, none has been praised and denounced as often as marihuana (Cannabis sativa). Throughout the ages, marihuana has been extolled as one of man's greatest benefactors and cursed as one of his greatest scourges. Marihuana is undoubtedly a herb that has been many things to many people. Armies and navies have used it to make war, men and women to make love. Hunters and fishermen have snared the most ferocious creatures, from the tiger to the shark, in its herculean weave. Fashion designers have dressed the most elegant women in its supple knit. Hangmen have snapped the necks of thieves and murderers with its fiber. Obstetricians have eased the pain of childbirth with its leaves. Farmers have crushed its seeds and used the oil within to light their lamps. Mourners have thrown its seeds into blazing fires and have had their sorrow transformed into blissful ecstasy by the fumes that filled the air. Marihuana has been known by many names: hemp, hashish, dagga, bhang, loco weed, grass-the list is endless. Formally christened Cannabis sativa in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus, marihuana is one of nature's hardiest specimens. It needs little care to thrive. One need not talk to it, sing to it, or play soothing tranquil Brahms lullabies to coax it to grow. It is as vigorous as a weed. It is ubiquitous. It fluorishes under nearly every possible climatic condition.