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Drugs: A Very Short Introduction

Leslie Iversen

Publication Date - December 2001

ISBN: 9780192854315

144 pages
Paperback
4-1/2 x 7 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

The twentieth century saw a remarkable upsurge of research on drugs, with major advances in the treatment of bacterial and viral infections, heart disease, stomach ulcers, cancer, and mental illnesses. These, along with the introduction of the oral contraceptive, have altered all of our lives. There has also been an increase in the recreational use and abuse of drugs in the Western world. This Very Short Introduction gives a non-technical account of how drugs act on the body and how therapeutic drugs are developed and tested, then goes on to review both legal (prescription, alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine) and illegal drugs, and discuss current ideas about why some drugs are addictive, and whether drug laws need reform.

Features

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Leslie Iversen is Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford, and was previously Director of the Neuroscience Research Centre of Merck Research Laboratories. His most recent book is The Science of Marijuana, published by OUP.

Table of Contents

    1. History
    2. How drugs work
    3. The medical uses of drugs
    4. Recreational drugs
    5. The making of a new medicine
    6. How twentieth-century medicines have changed our lives, and prospects for the future
    Further reading
    1. History
    2. How drugs work
    3. The medical uses of drugs
    4. Recreational drugs
    5. The making of a new medicine
    6. How twentieth-century medicines have changed our lives, and prospects for the future
    Further reading

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