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Drugs and the Brain (Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs Series II)

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ISBN-13: 978-1555462093
ISBN-10: 155546209X
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This 1986 volume details how drugs affect brain functions and their use in the fight against anxiety, mental illness, etc.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs Series II
  • Library Binding: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Pub (L) (February 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155546209X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555462093
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,338,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By on June 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is short, accessible, and fully illustrated. It is a particularly compelling technical primer for the intelligent but non-initiated reader. The logical flow of the book reflects the history of drug use and pharmacology research, both increasing in sophistication over time, and is topically organized by the major classes of psychoactives.
Subjects touched upon include the use of drugs in religious ceremony, Freud's cocain habit, the 60s, and the modern era of specialized mood-altering drugs.
The author is chair of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and one of the top three most cited scientists in the life science.
It is a pleasure to read, and a springboard for further investigation in the areas of psychopharmacology, neuroscience or psychiatry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Earl Dennis on August 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Many of the Scientific American Library books are gems and this isosemantically titled book by Dr. Snyder is no exception. The books I have read from this series are uniformly short, sweet and to the point. Drugs, per se, are after all essentially what brain function is. Drugs are our personalities, our emotions (not to mention all other vertebrates, especially the class of mammals to which we belong). There is no better way to come to understand psychology, physiology, the cognitive sciences, and one could argue, metaphysics, than by examining the action of drugs and the brain; the primary distinction being intrinsic, naturally produced drugs as opposed to extrinsic, store (or street) bought ones.
Dr. Snyder runs through the litany of the common classes of drugs: the opiates and their natural countersubstance, the endorphins--the stimulants and their action of dopamine reuptake blockage--the hallucinogens and their concomitant serotonergic pathways--and some of the more popular psychopharmcologicals specific to schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.
This book is a well written, historically informative, crash course in pharmacology for the lay reader, and remains a valuable reference long after its initial reading.
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By P. A. HELTON on May 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
Great reading coming from a person who has been on a antidepressent rollercoaster for over a year. Along with misc, pills. It is a great book to help understand what goes on and why this antidepressent quit working and this one the Doc wont prescribe and other reasons for it being called a "Roller-Coaster Ride fot the Brain"
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