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Descent [Paperback]

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Chris Childs is an unusually talented young man. A post-doctoral fellow at a prestigious medical center near San Francisco, he is also a gifted musician. It is his music that attracts Erin Leahy to him. The attraction is mutual and powerful. But the man who introduces them was a former rival of Chris and when he learns that he has been replaced in Erin's affection, he is furious. In retaliation he entices her to try a new experience, which she learns, too late, is heroin. Horrified at first, she succumbs and becomes addicted, unaware of the reason for her unusual susceptibility. She is able to hide her addiction from Chris until she accidentally overdoses and has to be hospitalized. After her release, a struggle is waged between the power of opiate addiction and the medical knowledge that guides its treatment. When Erin relapses and flees, Chris must seek the guidance of a wise man, a pioneer in the use of methadone in the treatment of heroin addiction. The stakes in this struggle could not be higher. Even a momentary lapse may be fatal. The story is a retelling of the ancient legend of Orpheus and Eurydice in the context of a very current, complex, social and medical problem.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   Outskirts Press
ISBN  1932672028  
ISBN13  9781932672022  

Availability  57 units.
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Fascinating Read  Aug 8, 2004
This book has the rare ability to both entertain and educate. Combining a love story and a tale of the tragedies of drug addiction allows readers to feel for the characters at the same time that they are learning how easy (and dangerous) it is to get sucked into the "underworld" of heroin.
Captivating  Jul 18, 2004
I couldn't put this book down! The author carefully weaves many layers into an intelligent and thoughtful discourse on addiction and then takes us back to a heart-wrenching love story. I came away outraged by the lack of compassionate and comprehensive federal and state policy for methadone clinics. The fallout is tragically painted in this beautifully written story.
Must read!  Jul 15, 2004
This book combines an unusual plot, well-developed characters and fascinating science with a harsh comentary on a mostly unknown social issue. The author obviously has personal experience with both the treatment of the problems of addiction as well as the wonders of love. Well worth reading.
Terrific Read / Great Informaion  Jul 6, 2004
Dr. Avoy has written a terrific book - the story is moving, engaging and ultimately tragic. The characters are interesting, articulate and uniquely intelligent. And there's another unusual hook to this book: it's about drug use and full of information about the physiology, biochemistry and politics of addiction. Just fascinating. I recommend the book highly.

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