Collection Development Manual
The branch of medicine concerned with the study, prevention and treatment of addictive diseases and the physiological and psychological disorders associated with substance dependence.
The major focus of addiction medicine literature is the study and treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse, but the field also addresses other addictions.
The emphasis of the collection is on works of basic science; pharmacology; clinical diagnosis and therapy; epidemiology and public health aspects; health policy; and ethics. NLM generally does not collect the criminological and sociological literature of substance use and abuse, except when it pertains to health.