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    Theodore Dalrymple(Author)

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For hundreds of years, addiction to drugs has seemed dangerous but with a hint of glamour. Addicts are a mystery to those who have never been one. They are presumed to be in touch with profound enlightenments of which non-addicts are ignorant. Theodore Dalrymple shows that doctors, psychologists, and social workers have always known these drug addictions to be false! They have created these myths to build lucrative method of expensive quasi-treatment.

Theodore Dalrymple is a psychiatrist and prison doctor who believes that everything most people know about opiate addiction.

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  • PDF | 160 pages
  • Theodore Dalrymple(Author)
  • Encounter Books; 1 edition (3 Aug. 2006)
  • English
  • 8
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By A. P. Hick on 19 March 2007

    Dalrymple's essay on the myths and deliberate lies surrounding heroin addiction is enjoyable, in parts amusing and largely accurate.Heroin, as he suggests is a piece of cake to withdraw from, especially when compared to alcohol withdrawal. The very worst one might expect are symptoms similar to those of a nasty cold, perhaps with a bit of diarrhea thrown in. Alcoholics however, might have to contend with hallucinations, convultions and death. As a rule of thumb, no-one ever dies coming off heroin, plenty die coming off alcohol. However, it is in no-ones interest, not least the addict or the ubiquitous D & A worker to blow the gaff. Dalrymple explains why.He also, interestingly, devotes time to methadone use as a pharmacological substitute for opiates. Has methadone killed more addicts than heroin? Perhaps it has.I also enjoyed the examination of De Quincy and Coleridge, and their self serving descriptions of opiate use and addiction and its subsequent transference to popular culture. He thesis seems probable and is certainly intering.However, towards the end of the book, Dalrymple seems to run out of steam. His call to shut all treatment agencies may of course be based on countless interactions with staple-faced, DM wearing, holier-than-thou 'workers', who it seems to me, after 10 years working with alcoholics, are attracted to the counter culture aspects of the work rather than anything else. And, I can understand how jaded he mnight be working with those people who, at best are a conduit for the addict (to get drugs) and are at worst actively harmful, in their idealogical "client driven" way,to their clients, their families and society at large.But - Dalrymple either does not know of, or has not bothered to do research into agencies that do tell the addict exactly how it is. They may be few and far between, but assuredly, they do exist.

  • By Chico Maravilla on 11 March 2012

    Dalrymple writes from extensive experience, on a subject about which there is far more propaganda than true scientific discussion. Writing as a medical student, I wholeheartedly agree with his sentiments about the over-empathasisation of this area from the medical profession. This is a fantastic book, presenting a well-argued and eloquent case against the 'standard view' of addiction.

  • By Plus x on 20 November 2013

    First of all, he is a very entertaining writer, and this is a fun read. But, if you are looking for unbiased facts, look elsewhere.Secondly, for a man so contemptuous of drugs, he sounds to me like an alcoholic-but I guess in Britain that would be considered one of your " five a day "He also claims that while illicit drugs ( opiates are the bugbear ) have been glorified in literature, alcohol has not.One can only assume he is very ill read, as the character of " the jolly drunk " has been pervasive in hundreds of years of literature and decades of cinema ( The Lost Weekend being a harrowing exception )Above all, it's the same old moralistic cliché; if a drug is legal and the user a middle class white man, then it must be fine.And besides, Doctor knows best!Oh! and one last thing: I must thank Dr. Daniels ( his real name ) for introducing me to the wonderful works of Anna Kavan! I had never heard of her before, but his disgusted quotations from her books made me curious.Thanks Doc!

  • By Oldboffin on 12 September 2014

    I like all Dr Dalrymple's work. He is clear-thinking and writes good formal English. I do criticise this book because he is discussing a serious worldwide problem but relying heavily on his own knowledge and opinion. I'm sure his knowledge is accurate and extensive, but this scale of problem requires careful and accurate scientific study and experiment in every society where the problem occurs.Only then can we draw some conclusions.

  • By yogaminty21 on 31 January 2014

    This book is highly recommended for those of you who adhere to the present orthodoxy.Ultimately, you will be struggling to countenance Dr Dalrymple's analysis. Although a little caustic at times he does present a valid case.I found this book to be informative and very interesting,' I even improved my vocabulary'.


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