The Biology of Desire

The Biology of Desire

Why Addiction Is Not A Disease

Book - 2015
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Neuroscientist Lewis presents a strong argument against the disease model of addiction, which is currently predominant in medicine and popular culture alike, and bolsters it with informative and engaging narratives of addicts' lives... Even when presenting more technical information, Lewis shows a keen ability to put a human face on the most groundbreaking research into addiction. Likewise, he manages to make complex findings and theories both comprehensible and interesting...This book, written with hopeful sincerity, will intrigue both those who accept its thesis and those who do not.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610394376
Characteristics: xiii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Dec 12, 2016

Excellent book detailing addiction as "not" a disease. Fact filled and accessible and also personal, as the stories of those fighting addiction provide colour for the science of addiction.

Jan 20, 2016

Excellent book explaining the neurology of addiction and why the author (in spite of having been an addict) does not believe addiction is a disease. He is a neurologist himself.


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