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From Library Journal Kandall, the chief of neonatology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, traces public attitudes and legal and government policy toward licit and illicit drug addiction, particularly women's addictions, from the mid-19th century to the present. Kandall's thorough combing of clinic records, previous studies, government documents, medical texts, and news accounts yields several conclusions. For example, although public perception and treatment programs have tended to focus on male addiction, women addicts have always made up a significant portion of the addiction population. Kendall finds a link between female sexuality and drug use and demonstrates the inadequacy of past treatment for women. While the first several chapters are slow going, later chapters build on this material to summarize the history of women's addiction, note treatment failures, and suggest alternatives. Kandall makes a significant contribution that will be of interest not only to historians and women's studies programs but to medical and social-service professionals.?Linda V. Carlisle, Southern Illinois Univ., EdwardsvilleCopyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From Booklist Taking a historical approach to the problem of women and addiction, Kandall begins by examining the ways in which nineteenth-century physicians overmedicated their female patients. He also traces society's changing attitudes toward drugs, from general tolerance to the beginnings of antidrug legislation shortly before World War I. From the 'classic era' of drug enforcement in the 1920s, through World War II and its aftermath, into the drug culture of the 1960s, and up to the present day, Kandall traces the evolution of a national drug policy, examines the link between drugs and crime, surveys the kinds of drugs that were prevalent, and discusses treatment options. He is also careful to point out that, though illegal drugs tend to get the most publicity, there is continued abuse of legal, prescription drugs as well. This careful, well-documented survey will be of special interest to anyone seeking a historical perspective on the complex problems of women and drugs. Mary Ellen Quinn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews