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StatusChecked Out
LocationClark County
Call No362.29 Fish
TitleThe urge : our history of addiction / Carl Erik Fisher.
AuthorFisher, Carl Erik. author.
Total Circ1
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StatusLocationBarcodeCall NoCreated OnIssue NameCirc StatusTemp Loc
Checked OutClark County30293101975766362.29 Fish5/17/2022 Due on 7/12/2022Clark County

Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9780525561446 (hardcover)
International Standard Book Number 0525561447 (hardcover)
International Standard Book Number 9780525561453 (ebook)
Personal Name Fisher, Carl Erik. author.
Title Statement The urge : our history of addiction / Carl Erik Fisher.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York : Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2022.
Physical Description xxi, 377 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-359) and index.
Formatted Contents Note Behavior in search of a name -- Foundations: before "addiction" -- Epidemics -- A disease in the will -- The age of intemperance -- Possession -- The first American opioid epidemic -- Junkies -- The roots of modern addiction -- The modern alcoholism movement -- Good drugs and bad drugs -- Addiction on trial -- Rehabilitation -- Zero tolerance -- Understanding addiction.
Summary, Etc. "An authoritative, illuminating and deeply humane history of addiction -- by a therapist who has reached the depths of addiction himself. Even in the midst of a period of staggering drug abuse that we can confidently call a crisis, questions about the fundamental nature of addiction, its origins, and its ideal treatments abound. This absence of consensus is the latest plotted point on a centuries-old historical arc: as humans have struggled to define, treat, and control addictive behaviour, stigma and controversy have been the only constants. With uncommon empathy and erudition, Carl Erik Fisher draws on his own experience as both a psychiatrist of addiction and a recovering alcoholic as he traces the history of a phenomenon that, centuries on, we hardly appear closer to defining -- let alone addressing responsibly. A rich, sweeping history that probes not only medicine and science but also policy, literature, religion, and sociology, The Urge illuminates the extent to which the story of addiction has persistently reflected broader questions of what it means to be human and to take care of one another. Fisher introduces us the physicians, activists, politicians, researchers, and writers who have struggled to understand and solve this complex condition. He also examines the treatments and strategies that have produced positive results for many addicts -- himself included -- lighting the way forward for those whose lives addiction threatens to destroy. The Urge is at once an eye-opening history of ideas, a riveting personal story of addiction and recovery, and a clinician's impassioned call for a more expansive, nuanced view of one of society's most intractable challenges."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject-Personal Name Fisher, Carl Erik, Mental health.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Addicts History.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Psychiatrists United States Biography.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Alcoholics Biography.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Alcoholics Rehabilitation Biography.
Index Term-Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Index Term-Genre/Form Biographies.

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