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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

by Mate M.D., Gabor

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An unmarked copy-" In this timely and profoundly original book, writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of various addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them, and outlines what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold. Starting with a dramatically close view of Maté's drug-addicted patients, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts weaves in stories of real people while providing a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight, and cutting-edge scientific findings. A haunting, compassionate, and deeply personal examination of the nature of addiction." Review: "He would probably dispute it, but Gabor Maté is something of a compassion machine. Diligently treating the drug addicts of Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside with sympathy in his heart and legislative reform in mind can't be easy. But Maté never judges. His book is a powerful call to arms, both for the decriminalization of drugs and for a more sympathetic and informed view of addiction. As Maté observes, "Those whom we dismiss as 'junkies' are not creatures from a different world, only men and women mired at the extreme end of a continuum on which, here or there, all of us might well locate ourselves." The Realm of Hungry Ghosts begins by introducing us to many of Dr. Maté's most dire patients who steal, cheat, sell sex, and otherwise harm themselves for their next hit. Maté looks to the root causes of addiction, applying a clinical and psychological view to the physical manifestation and offering some enlightening answers for why people inflict such catastrophe on themselves. Finally, he takes aim at the hugely ineffectual, largely U.S.-led War on Drugs (and its worldwide followers), challenging the wisdom of fighting drugs instead of aiding the addicts, and showing how controversial measures such as safe injection sites are measurably more successful at reducing drug-related crime and the spread of disease than anything most major governments have going. It's not easy reading, but we ignore his arguments at our peril. When it comes to combating the drug trade and the ravages of addiction, society can use all the help it can get. "--Kim Hughes

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Title
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
Author
Mate M.D., Gabor
Book Condition
Used - Very Good
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Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0676977413
ISBN 13
9780676977417
Publisher
VINTAGE CANADA
Place of Publication
Toronto
Date Published
2009
Size
8 vo

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