The Chemistry of Mind-altering Drugs: History, Pharmacology, and Cultural Context

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American Chemical Society, Jan 1, 1996 - Medical - 480 pages
This fascinating book presents a scientificlly objective, and thorough ly documented exposition of the pharmacological and psychological effe cts of nearly every known substance that affects human consciousness, from alcohol to Zopiclone. It also features first-hand accounts and de scriptions of the social, cultural, and religious milieus in which man y psychotropic plants are used, and discusses historical allusions to many literary and scientific figures who used or wrote of mind-alterin g drugs, including Freud, Dickens, Yeats, and Huxley. Intended for a w ide audience of general readers seeking unbiased information, the book gives an accessible explanation of drug-receptor interaction and orga nic chemical structures, as well as descriptions of the discovery, iso lation, and syntheses of the chemical substances responsible for drug activity. Written by an experienced chemist, the book nevertheless kee ps technical information to a minimum.

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Contents

Opium and the Opioids
43
Alcohol Benzodiazepines Barbiturates
113
Nicotine Caffeine Cocaine Amphetamines
171
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Daniel M. Perrine is at Associate Professor of Chemistry, Loyola College, MD.

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