- 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: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,220,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drugs and the Brain (Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs Series II)
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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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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.
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.