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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté
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Feb 12, 2011

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Gabor Mate is a physician who treats hard core drug addicts in a Vancouver harm reduction facility. His look at his patient's lives and the underlying causes (both physiological and environmental) of addiction are interesting and heart felt. He lost me in his lengthy discussion that related his own addictive behavior (buying too many classical music cd's) to those of his patients, but his recommendations for treating the spirit as well as the body of the addict are intelligent and compassionate. He humanizes an underclass that most of society regards as throwaway people.

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