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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

by Gabor Maté
  • from-british-columbia
  • health
  • self-help

In this timely and profoundly original book, writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of various addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and outlines what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold.

Starting with a dramatically close view of Maté's drug addicted patients, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts weaves in stories of real people while providing a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting-edge scientific findings. A haunting, compassionate and deeply personal examination of the nature of addiction.


Gabor Maté, author

Gabor Maté, MD, is a bestselling author and former medical columnist for the Globe and Mail, where his byline continues to be seen on issues of health and parenting. Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them. He has had a family practice, worked as a palliative care physician and worked with the addicted men and women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. In 2018, Dr. Maté was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of his passionate advocacy for social change in the prevention and treatment of addiction and mental health.


  • Winner of BC Book Prize's Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Penguin Random House Canada



rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 496

publication date: 01/06/2009

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book