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The Pharmacology of LSD: A critical review Paperback – July 29, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199589821 ISBN-10: 0199589828 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199589828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199589821
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This book represents the first ever comprehensive review of the psychological and pharmacological effects of LSD...[it] provides a unique and valuable resource for anyone interested in better understanding this controversial hallucinogenic drug - including brain scientists, psychopharmacologists, addiction researchers, and psychiatrists gaiamedia.org ...the first book of its kind. It brings together a vast amount of information into one accessible location. Drawing upon a vast number of animal and human studies, it provides a thorough review of what is currently known about LSD's action on specific receptor sites. Doody's Notes

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Torsten Passie M.D, Ph.D. studied philosophy, sociology at Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz University in Hannover (M.A) and Medicine at the Hannover Medical School. His dissertation was about existential psychiatry and his professorship thesis about psychophysical correlates of altered waking states of consciousness. He worked with Prof. Christian Scharfetter at Zurich University Psychiatric Clinic (Switzerland) and with Prof. Hanscarl Leuner (Gottingen University), the leading European authority on hallucinogenic drugs. Since 1998 he is a research psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the Dept. of Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Hannover Medical School, where he is specialized in research on addiction, altered states of consciousness, and hallucinogenic drugs.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. Roberts on August 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Pharmacology of LSD: A Critical Review
Hintzen, Annelie & Passie, Torsten. 2010.
Oxford University Press and the Beckley Foundation Press

Foreword by Leslie L. Iversen, 7 chapters, references, author index, subject index. 217 pages.

As Iversen says in the Foreword, this book provides "a much needed sober and neutral scientific account." And as the title implies, Pharmacology focuses on biological research and information; unfortunately, due to my own lack of biological knowledge, my remarks will have to skip these most important and central chapters, focusing instead on the chapters that briefly summarize LSD's history, psychological effects, psychiatric patients, and untoward effects.

Before passing over the meaty chapters, it's worth thanking the authors for their method of briefly summarizing much of the research they cite. For example (open, crossover, N=14, 1.5-2.0 ì/kg, oral dose) lets the reader know significant details of the experiments and surveys they cite. This style deserves to be emulated by other writers. I expect the 58 pages of references will greatly aid researchers, and they will be able to speed up writing their reviews of the literature for their own research articles. Passie is already respected for his Psycholytic and Psychedelic Therapy: Bibliography 1931-1995, and Psychopharmacology draws on this earlier work.

Moving on to non-biological observations--one of the most difficult decisions that writers of critical reviews face is what to include, more than that, what to omit. Readers such as myself all have our favorite books and articles that we wish had been included. To me the oddest omission is Grinspoon and Bakalar's previous critical review Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered (1972, 1981, 1995).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A student of consciousness on November 27, 2012
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This is a very helpful reference but not the authoritative comprehensive book this topic deserves. Some sections appear to have been machine translated without proofreading by a native English speaker, leaving doubt about the meanings of sentences.
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