PHARMACOLOGICAL LIES AND THE ADDICTION BUREAUCRACY
- Autor: DALRYMPLE, THEODORE
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In this book, Theodore Dalrymple explains how and why a literary tradition dating back to De Quincey and Coleridge, and continuing up to the sociopathic William Burroughs, has misled Western societies for generations about the nature of addiction to opiates. The author exposes the mythology surrounding addiction to opiates. Moving seamlessly among literature, pharmacology, history, and philosophy, he demonstrates what happens when the nature of a social problem is thoroughly misunderstood, and when human beings are regarded as inanimate objects rather than as agents of their own destiny.