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

Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs : History, Pharmacology and Cultural Context - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0841232532

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ISBN13: 978-0841232532
ISBN10: 0841232539 Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Published: 1996
International: No

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Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs : History, Pharmacology and Cultural Context - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0841232532

Daniel M. Perrine

ISBN13: 978-0841232532
ISBN10: 0841232539 Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

This fascinating book presents a scientifically objective, and thoroughly documented exposition of the pharmacological and psychological effects of nearly every known substance that affects human consciousness, from alcohol to Zopiclone. It also features first-hand accounts and descriptions of the social, cultural, and religious milieus in which many psycho tropic plants are used, and discusses historical allusions to many literary and scientific figures who used or wrote of mind-altering drugs, including Freud, Dickens, Yeats, and Huxley. Intended for a wide audience of general readers seeking unbiased information, the book gives an accessible explanation of drug-receptor interaction and organic chemical structures, as well as descriptions of the discovery, isolation, and syntheses of the chemical substances responsible for drug activity. Written by an experienced chemist, the book nevertheless keeps technical information to a minimum

Author Bio

Prerrine, Daniel M. : Loyola College in Maryland

DANIEL M. PERRINE, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Loyola College, MD

Table of Contents

1. Mind and Molecule: Neurotransmission in Context
2. Opium and the Opiods
3. Depressants: Alcohol, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates
4. Stimulants: Nicotine, Caffeine, Cocaine, Amphetamines
5. Antipsychotics and Antidepressants
6. Psychedelics: LSD to XTC
7. Dissociatives and Cannabinoids: PCP, THC, ETCs
8. HONC: The Four Key Elements
9. Return to the Second Dimension
10. How Shall I Bond Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
11. Through the Looking-Glass

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