ERIC Number: EJ449336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Social Meanings of Disease: Changing Concepts of Addiction in the Twentieth Century.
Acker, Caroline J.
OAH Magazine of History, v6 n2 p28-29 Fall 1991
Compares scientific explanations of addiction of the 1920s and 1930s to today's. Details the history of addiction testing and research, the development of criteria for defining addiction, and both physiological and psychological definitions of addiction. Suggests that the changing status of addiction as a disease reflects different meanings applied to social or behavioral problems. (DK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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