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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction Paperback – Jan. 6 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 510 ratings

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  • Publisher : Random House of Canada; UK ed. edition (Jan. 6 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0676977413
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0676977417
  • Item weight : 450 g
  • Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 510 ratings

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"A harrowingly honest, compassionate, sometimes angry look at addiction and the people whose lives have been disordered by it."
—Ottawa Citizen

"Maté does a great service by forcing us to confront the us-and-them mentality that drives the get-tough responses to addiction.... I highly recommend Hungry Ghosts to everyone seeking insight into addiction."
The Vancouver Sun

"Excellent.... One of the book's strengths is Maté's detailed and compassionate characterization of the afflicted addicts he treats, but this is not just a memoir. Rather, using his own experience as well as the most advanced recent research, he attempts to delineate the closely interrelated psychological, social, and neurological dimensions of addiction.... A calm, unjudging, compassionate attentiveness to what is happening within."
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About the Author

GABOR MATÉ, MD, is the author of the bestselling books Scattered Minds and When the Body Says No--published in nearly twenty languages on five continents--and co-author, with Gordon Neufeld, of Hold On To Your Kids. Former medical columnist for the Globe and Mail where his byline continues to be seen on issues of health and parenting, Dr. Maté has had a family practice, worked as a palliative care physician and, most recently, with the addicted men and women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

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