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Article

Publication Date

3-2010

Embargo Period

1-1-1960

Abstract

This article examines ‘the NIDA paradigm’, the theory that addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by loss of control over drug taking. I critically review the official history of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) paradigm and analyze the sources of resistance to it. I argue that, even though the theory remains contested, it has yielded important insights in other fields, including my own discipline of history.

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Originally published in BioSocieties (2010) 5, 137–147 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.

doi:10.1057/biosoc.2009.3

http://www.palgrave-journals.com/biosoc/journal/v5/n1/abs/biosoc20093a.html

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