Medicine: ACTH for H

The Seattle Vice Squad was rounding up heroin addicts for a medical experiment. When detectives knocked at the door of Peggy, a prostitute, she threw 50 capsules of heroin, worth $6 each, out the window. At 22, Peggy had often tried to "kick it cold" (give it up), but she had gone back to "H" every time. That made her just the kind of girl Dr. John Hogness of the University of Washington was looking for. Hogness wanted to find out whether ACTH would help addicts over the agonizing withdrawal period. Peggy needed help for another reason: she was about to...

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