The book is divided into two sections, Origins and Interventions; however, the boundary is blurred in many of the chapters. Most of the chapters provide discussions of both etiology and intervention. The volume provides not only a general overview of the field but also some views on specialized areas in drug abuse, such as drug abuse in ethnic minority women (by Kathy Sanders-Phillips), HIV prevention (by Thomas J. Coates and Chris Collins), and therapeutic communities (by George De Leon). Meyer D. Glantz et al. contribute a thorough review on the etiology of drug addiction (chapter 1), George F. Koob et al. contribute a lucid summary of the neurobiology of drug abuse (chapter 8), and David F. Musto’s chapter on the impact of public attitudes on drug abuse research in the 20th century (chapter 3) is a great read—he discusses certain societal beliefs that adversely affected the research (and the researchers) during the early 20th century.