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Med Sci (Paris). 2015 Oct;31(10):921-7. doi: 10.1051/medsci/20153110019. Epub 2015 Oct 19.

[What do we know of the construction of French and American thoughts on the issue of drugs? From parallelism of beginnings until the turning point during the Thirties].

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CERMES 3, centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé, santé mentale, société, unité Inserm 988, UMR CNRS 8211, EHESS, université Paris Descartes, campus CNRS, 7, rue Guy Môquet, 94801 Villejuif Cedex, France.


This article traces the major milestones in the development of French and American thought on the issue of drugs and drug addiction, between the second half of the nineteenth century and the end of the twentieth century. The historical perspective highlights the relative parallelism of concerns and conceptualizations until the years 1920-1930. Beyond, a real turning point of American thought is observed, which will develop original ways of thinking and action. These original ways will have no equivalents in French thought.

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