Lecture no. 1 from the course: The Addictive Brain
Taught by Professor Thad Polk | 34 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
Begin your course by defining “addiction,” which is diagnosed based on characteristics such as abuse, dependence, and craving. Professor Polk then surveys the history of drug use, from ancient history through the development of synthetics in the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, he reviews government regulation and the substantial costs of drug abuse, both to the individual and to society.