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An Anatomy of Addiction by Howard Markel.. Freud used, famous surgeon, Halstead, abused and Eric Clapton popularized the white powder. This book fascinates in a Jekyll-and-Hyde look at addiction. (And I snorted the Oxford serial comma in that last sentence.)

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Freud and Halsted never met. But Markel’s alternating chapters bring them together in a vivid narrative of two of the most remarkable of the many contributors to our understanding of human biology and function. He has written a tour de force of scientific and social history, one that helps illuminate a unique period in the long story of medical discovery — and the not insignificant cohort of experimenters who have fallen victim to their own research."

The New York Times

"Howard Markel eloquently tells the parallel stories of these two pathbreaking physicians and how their stories intersect in remarkable and sometimes tragic ways . . . Markel's extraordinary achievement combines first-rate history of medicine and outstanding cultural history."

Publishers Weekly

Author bio: Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. His books include Quarantine! and When Germs Travel. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The New England Journal of Medicine, and he is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. Markel is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan More information can be found here:

Book Details: History; (352 pp. A revelation: Kindle/Print editions)

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