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Publisher Comments:

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.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192854315
Author:
Iversen, Leslie L.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Leslie
Author:
Iversen, Leslie L.
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Drug Guides
Subject:
Drugs
Subject:
Pharmacology
Subject:
Pharmacy
Subject:
Alcohol
Subject:
Medicine | Drug
Subject:
Medicine | Drug and Alcohol
Subject:
Medicine | Drug & Alcohol
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Pharmacology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
66
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 halftones and line illus
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.00x4.45x.35 in. .30 lbs.

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