Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

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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 the Western world. This Very Short Introduction gives a non-technical account of how drugs act on the body and how therapeutic drugs are developed and tested, then goes on to review both legal (prescription, alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine) and illegal drugs, and discuss current ideas about why some drugs are addictive, and whether drug laws need reform.

About the Author


Leslie Iversen is Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford, and was previously Director of the Neuroscience Research Centre of Merck Research Laboratories. His most recent book is The Science of Marijuana, published by OUP.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780192854315
ISBN-10: 0192854313
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 6th, 2001
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions