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The Chemistry of Mind-altering Drugs

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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


"Mind-altering substances have captivated human beings through the ages and have certainly been in the forefront of local, national, and international politics for more than a century . . . Because this subject holds the interest of such a disparate group of individuals, it is not an easy task to write a book on this subject that would appeal to a diverse audience. Perrine has made a serious attempt to write such a book . . . Very readable and chocked with information . . . providing rich descriptions of the psychological and behavioral effects of mind-altering drugs." -Journal of the American Chemical Society "This book will provide a pleasant suprise for many readers! . . . I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone with basic science literacy who wants a good general overview of psychoactive substances, how they were discovered, and the roles they play in medicine and in our present culture." -David E. Nichols in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry "An appropriate alternative title for this fascinating, modestly priced volume might be 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Drugs.' The author . . . has left no stone unturned in making this vade mecum of drugs, for specialist or layperson alike, as complete as possible . . . Clearly a labor of love. . . . I heartily recommend this interesting and informative study not only to chemists and pharmacologists but also to professionals, students and educators in the health sciences as well as to science-conscious citizens concerned with the social and ethical implications of the use of mind-altering drugs in our society." -George B. Kauffman in American Scientist

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