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Drugs : a very short introduction / Les Iversen.

By: Iversen, Leslie L [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: Very short introductions: Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press , 2016Edition: Second edition; Fully updated new edition.Description: 130 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780198745792; 0198745796.Subject(s): Drugs | Pharmacology -- Popular worksDDC classification: 615.1 LOC classification: RM301.15 | .I94 2016
Contents:
History -- How drugs work -- Drugs as medicines -- Recreational drugs -- Making new medicines -- What can we expect in the future?
Summary: DRUG & SUBSTANCE ABUSE: SOCIAL ASPECTS. 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 metal 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, in its second edition, gives a non-technical account of how drugs work in the body. Reviewing both legal (alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine) and illegal drugs, Les Iversen disscusses why some are addictive, and whether drug laws need reform. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.--
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-125) and index.

History -- How drugs work -- Drugs as medicines -- Recreational drugs -- Making new medicines -- What can we expect in the future?

DRUG & SUBSTANCE ABUSE: SOCIAL ASPECTS. 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 metal 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, in its second edition, gives a non-technical account of how drugs work in the body. Reviewing both legal (alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine) and illegal drugs, Les Iversen disscusses why some are addictive, and whether drug laws need reform. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.--

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Les Iversen is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. He was director of the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge (1970-1983) and then Vice-President of Neuroscience for the American pharmaceutical company Merck Inc (1983-1995). He isbest known for his work on the role of monoamine transport mechanisms in the inactivation of monoamines in the brain, and as targets for psychoactive drugs. His previous books include The Science of Marijuana, 2nd Edition (OUP USA, 2007) and Speed, Ecstacy, Ritalin: The Science of Amphetamines (OUP,2008).

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