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The Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs: History, Pharmacology, and Cultural Context (American Chemical Society Publication) Paperback – May 5, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0841232532 ISBN-10: 0841232539 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: American Chemical Society Publication
  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: American Chemical Society; 1 edition (May 5, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0841232539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0841232532
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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


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Daniel M. Perrine is at Associate Professor of Chemistry, Loyola College, M.D. .

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ajax the Great on February 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book for class and couldn't put it down. Perrine writes in such a way that can make any subject engrossing. Not only does he describe the effects of various substances, he also explains how they occur at the molecular level. Something most books about drugs don't do. He even discussed cultural elements, and some parts are quite humorous. It is not preachy or designed to scare and exaggerate like many books on the subject are. This book seems to be slightly biased in favor of some substances (most notably cannabis) but most of the book is about as objective as one can get, showing warts and all. You will certainly not want to run out and snort cocaine or shoot heroin or trip on acid after reading this book. But you may question the rationale as to why some substances are legal and others are not. The biggest downside is that it has not been updated since 1996, and much new information about mind-altering substances has been gained in the past 13 years. For example, we now know how DXM works on the brain as a dissociative (similar to PCP and ketamine--don't try this at home!), and back then Perrine (and others) assumed that the "trip" was just a placebo effect. He also did not mention any of the deliriants (anticholinergics), nor did he talk about Salvia. I would like to see a new edition sometime soon, preferably with better proofreading and organization, as well as more information added. A good complement to this book would "The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology" by Cooper, Bloom, and Roth. Though that one is not quite as interesting as this book.

If he were to update the book, I recommend that he break up the miscellaneous "Dissociatives and Cannabinoids" chapter into "Dissociatives and Deliriants," "Cannabis and Cannabinoids," and have an additional chapter for those that don't fit either. There are also many new substances to add as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Ricks on June 12, 2005
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This book has it all, chemistry, cultural context, use, abuse, past, present and future. Is geared toward someone who has at least taken some o-chem, although non-science types could still get something out of it. The synthesis explanations can be a bit in depth, I have a degree in chemistry and a bit of that was way over my head. Book is also well refrenced, so should you ever get the urge to make some of these drugs you know where to go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mason Bockelman on October 30, 2007
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This is an extremely valuable book which provides something not many other sources can: an unbiased, scientifically grounded analysis of psychoactives which also includes realistic cultural context, fascinating history, a sense of whimsy, and subjective descriptions of effects. This makes it of use to all kinds of people: those interested in psychopharmacology, drug therapy for mental illness, ritualistic and spiritual drug use, the mechanisms of the brain, safe and informed recreational drug use, and simply being informed about a broad and complicated social reality.

The book spends about equal time on the mechanism of action and chemical structure of the substances described, and the various uses to which they have been put throughout global human history. In these descriptions, it thoroughly cites studies and explains why said studies are the most useful, making it rather unbiased. That said, it is occasionally critical of drug laws, though any objective analysis is likely to come to the same conclusion, and included are very subjective quotations, though these are never stated as fact and give the book a page-turning, fascinating sense of narrative unexpected from a textbook. Overall, the work's scientific rigor is unquestionable and unlikely to meet critique but from opponents of drug use so strong in their fervor that they would deny objective truth.

Having been last updated in 1996, there are a few missing pieces of information regarding current drugs of abuse. For example, dextromethorphan is mentioned, but in very little detail compared to it's fairly widespread use in the current underground drug culture (and it is categorized mysteriously in the opioid section, despite being fairly well-recognized as a ketamine-like dissociative at higher doses).
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