Amphetamines are highly topical in the Journal — recent articles have discussed the controversies of prescribing them for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and their associations with violence in emergency departments and criminal offending. This book situates current concerns about stimulant use in a historical context and, in doing so, crosses swords with the pharmaceutical industry. But Rasmussen also has insights into the past roles of military medicine and social concerns that might be exploited to increase market share for drugs that are sold for “aspirational” goals.
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