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Cult of Pharmacology: How America Became the World's Most Troubled Drug Culture
by Richard DeGrandpre
Publisher:
Duke University Press 
Year:
2006 
Reviewed by S Thyssen
7/10/2009

An examination of America’s legacy of vilifying some substances and deifying others. In an exhaustive series of well-referenced examples, the author updates the concept, discussing recent developments such as congressional hearings on tobacco and the troubling state of the antidepressant industry. He explores how the reputation of a drug, as well as its effects, are often heavily dependent on contextual factors distinct from its pharmacological action. [ read more ]

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On Drugs
by David Lenson
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press 
Year:
1995 
Reviewed by S Thyssen
7/10/2009

Fourteen years after its publication, On Drugs still feels fresh in its call to move beyond divisive posturing and verbal constructions that quell discourse on one of the most significant questions we should be asking: how do drug-taking behaviors reflect and shape personal and societal consciousness? An intellectually invigorating yet down-to-earth pharmacography.
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Tastes of Paradise: a Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants
by Wolfgang Schivelbusch
Publisher:
Vintage Books 
Year:
1992 
Reviewed by S Thyssen
7/10/2009

Tastes of Paradise offers refreshingly succinct social analyses of the roles that spices, coffee, tea, chocolate, tobacco, and alcohol have played in Western culture, and complements longer works that cover similar territory, such as Dale Pendell’s Pharmako~ trilogy. [ read more ]

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