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Written by Jerome Himmelstein   
Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00


Many persons have shared in my thinking and contributed to my research on drug controls over the past few years. Special thanks must go first to Harry Levine and Patricia Morgan, with whom I have discussed my ideas continuously since the mid-1970s. For several years our meetings provided the framework within which our respective writings unfolded: Harry's on the ideology of the Temperance Movement in nineteenth-century America, Pat's on the history of narcotics control in California, and my own on marihuana. I appreciate their care, criticism, and support.

Several others also deserve thanks for reading drafts of my work and providing suggestions and encouragement at crucial moments: Don Cahalan, Troy Duster, William Gamson, Jerry Mandel, Gary Marx, Ron Roizen, Robin Room, Jerome Skolnick, Guy Swanson, and Mayer Zald. In addition, I am grateful to Joyce Gordon, Mary Hartness, Carol Seiden, Janet Somers, Sheila Wilder, and Susan Urquhart, who at various stages helped produce the manuscript.

I conducted the initial research for this book with the support of research training fellowships from the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (AA00037) and from the State of California, Office of Alcoholism (ALC 34012-6), administered by the Social Research Group, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. Subsequent work and preparation of the final manuscript were carried out while I was participating in a U.S. National Institute of Mental Health training program in sociology, social policy, and the professions (MH-14598) at the Center for Research on Social Organization at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Beyond material support, the Social Research Group and the Center for Research on Social Organization provided me with sympathetic, interesting colleagues and a supportive atmosphere within which to work. Many persons at both research institutes have contributed to my intellectual life.

To the close friends who have sustained me over these several years, thanks are, of course, superfluous. And to Evelyn Bogen, who has shared my life, what can mere words say?

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