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Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #52)

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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 th ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 6th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 23rd 2001)
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Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #52), Leslie L. Iversen

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.
Koen Duizings
Mar 03, 2016 Koen Duizings rated it liked it
This very short introduction tackles mainly medicinal drugs and explains how they work. I found the chapter on recreational drugs is slightly disappointing as it did not provide much new information. Also, the book tends to use specific terms that make it a tough read for people not so well schooled in the field of pharmacology. But like every 'A Very Short Introduction' there is plenty of useful information as well.
AB
Jul 10, 2012 AB rated it it was amazing
Being a student pharmacist and all, I loved this book.
It was like a short revision after a whole year of a bunch of information.
It organizes everything in your brain especially if you know what he's talking about.
For those who have no idea about health or medications, you might find it a bit detailed concerning some drugs, since their mechanisms of actions are mentioned, which I didn't see was necessary if the audience the book was intended for was everybody.
I had hoped that he mentioned more ab
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Steve Mitchell
Aug 15, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it
A great book that explains simply why cannabis should at the very least be decriminalised, why people that take cocaine and heroin need treatment rather than being sent to prison and how the big pharmaceutical companies are making profits off of people dying.
Johan
Oct 12, 2009 Johan rated it it was ok
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Pretty good intro to drugs, both legal and illicit ones. Written by a person that is leaning quite towards drugs in the sense of medicine with quite a lot of descriptions about how the drugs act on the brain and the body in minute detail.
Kathleen O'Neal
Jun 29, 2013 Kathleen O'Neal rated it it was amazing
An exemplary VSI on a very important topic that impacts all of our lives. Its non-sensationalistic treatment of its topic is definitely worth anyone's time.
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