Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers

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Syracuse University Press, 2003 - Political Science - 290 pages
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In this polemical response to the controversy about drug use and drug criminalization, Thomas Szasz suggests that governments have overstepped their bounds in labelling and prohibiting certain drugs as dangerous substances and incarcerating addicts in order to cure them.
  

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Thomas Szasz subtitled this The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers. It's a brilliant piece of work drawing on history from as far back as the witch trials and persecution of Jews. His ... Read full review

Review: Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts and Pushers

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Thomas Szasz subtitled this The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers. It's a brilliant piece of work drawing on history from as far back as the witch trials and persecution of Jews. His ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Discovery of Drug Addiction
3
2 The Scapegoat as Drug and the Drug as Scapegoat
19
The Faith of the Faithless
29
4 Communions Holy and Unholy
39
PHARMACOMYTHOLOGY MEDICINE AS MAGIC
59
Persecutions for Witchcraft and Drugcraft
61
The Model American Scapegoats
75
The Conversion Cure of Malcolm X
89
Panaceas and Panapathogens
137
The Moral Perspective Reconsidered
153
Authority versus Autonomy
175
AFTERWORD
183
A Synoptic History of the Promotion and Prohibition of Drugs
195
The War on Drugs 19742003
225
NOTES
253
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
273

From Soul Watching to Weight Watching
105
PHARMACRACY MEDICINE AS SOCIAL CONTROL
123
Holy Wars on Unholy Drugs
125

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About the author (2003)

Thomas Szasz is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

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