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Cult of Pharmacology: How America Became the World's Most Troubled Drug Culture
by Richard DeGrandpre
Duke University Press 
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.

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Originally Published In : Erowid Extracts issue 16, Jun 2009

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