"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
"This book will provide a pleasant surprise 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
"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
About the Author
Daniel M. Perrine is at Associate Professor of Chemistry, Loyola College, M.D. .