Opium Poppy: Botany, Chemistry, and Pharmacology

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CRC Press, Aug 8, 1995 - Science - 326 pages
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Here is an in-depth examination of the opium poppy--the first medicinal plant known to mankind. In Opium Poppy: Botany, Chemistry, and Pharmacology, author L. D. Kapoor provides readers with a comprehensive resource on poppy production from seed to alkaloid. He explores the opium poppy?s origin, distribution, chemistry, and uses and abuses from ancient civilizations through the present day. He covers plant and seed production and crop improvement and explores in detail the chemical and pharmaceutical by-products of the opium poppy.

The book begins with a historical overview of the origin and use of opium poppy in ancient civilizations such as Greece, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. Chapters that follow contain detailed information on:
  • botanical studies
  • cytogenics and plant breeding
  • agronomy, including insect and pest control measures
  • physiological and anatomical studies
  • chemical and pharmacological aspects of opium alkaloids
  • biosynthesis and physiology of opium alkaloids
  • the occurrence and role of alkaloids in plants
  • the evaluation of analgesic actions of morphine in various pain models in experimental animals

    Opium Poppy: Botany, Chemistry, and Pharmacology is a useful reference for professionals and students of pharmacy, botany, chemistry, medicine, and pharmacology who need a better overall understanding of this ancient plant and its (potential) modern usage.
 

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Contents

Botanical Studies
19
Cytology and Genetic Studies
41
Agricultural Studies
65
Physiological Studies
95
Anatomical Studies
111
Constitution of Amphicribal Vascular
157
MeconicAcid
163
Pharmacology
173
Latex and Alkaloid Vesicles
197
Enzymic Activity
204
Biotransformation of Alkaloids
214
Byconversion of Thebaine to Morphine
220
Biosynthesis of Papaverine
229
Occurrence and Role of Alkaloids in Plants
241
Evaluation of Analgesic Actions of Morphine
255
Models for Chronic Pain
282

Benzylisoquinoline Alkaloids
182
Biosynthesis and Physiology of Opium
191

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