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Published: 23 August 2001

144 Pages | photographs and diagrams


ISBN: 9780192854315

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Drugs: A Very Short Introduction

Leslie Iversen

Very Short Introductions

  • Covers both medicinal and recreational drugs
  • Discusses the history of drug use from ancient times
  • Explains the facts about how drugs work, including alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, as well as beta-blockers, antidepressants, and painkillers
  • Explains how therapeutic drugs are developed and tested, and how the drug industry works
  • Explores political, legal, medical, and social aspects of recreational drug-taking, and gives opinions about legalization of drugs such as cannabis
  • Leslie Iversen's previous books include The Science of Marijuana