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Science  01 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5522, pp. 1662
DOI: 10.1126/science.1061065

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Forces of Habit Drugs and the Making of the Modern World. David T. Courtwright. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001. $24.95. ISBN 0-674-00458-2.

Courtwright's historical approach examines the social and biological factors that have made certain drugs so seductive. He addresses such questions as why coffee, tobacco, and marijuana have spread around the world while peyote and qat have not, and why alcohol and tobacco are legal but heroin and cocaine are not.