Cocaine: The Great White Plague

Gabriel G. Nahas, Author, Jacques Yves Cousteau, Foreword by Paul S Eriksson $19.95 (300p) ISBN 978-0-8397-1700-3
This authoritative study by a professor of anesthesiology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons characterizes cocaine as the most dangerous of addictive drugs and a serious threat to social and economic stability worldwide. Tracing the history of cocaine use in Europe and America from the 19th century, Nahas faults Freud's advocacy of the drug as a therapeutic agent and cautions modern partisans who urge it as a recreational drug, demonstrating that addiction causes potentially irreversible impairment of brain neurotransmission. Relating his trip to Peru with explorer/filmmaker Cousteau, the author also amply proves the difficulties in ending drug traffic. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1989
Release date: 10/01/1989
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