Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)Fantastic book It revealed the extent of my own ignorance on the subject It covered everything you might imagine could be called a drug, legal, illegal, prescription, otc, etc It talked about the ways that drugs can work, methods for delivery and why those work the way they do, dose response relationships, and, very broadly, abuse, dependance, and tolerance Brief discussion on analogues There was also a fascinating section on the ongoing war between our development of antibiotics and bacteria viruses developing antibiotic resistance Very good book. Pretty good intro to drugs, both legal and illicit ones Written by a person that is leaning quite towards drugs in the sense of medicine with quite a lot of descriptions about how the drugs act on the brain and the body in minute detail. The Twentieth Century Saw A Remarkable Upsurge Of Research On Drugs, With Major Advances In The Treatment Of Bacterial And Viral Infections, Heart Disease, Stomach Ulcers, Cancer, And Mental Illnesses These, Along With The Introduction Of The Oral Contraceptive, Have Altered All Of Our Lives There Has Also Been An Increase In The Recreational Use And Abuse Of Drugs In The Western World This Very Short Introduction Gives A Non Technical Account Of How Drugs Act On The Body And How Therapeutic Drugs Are Developed And Tested, Then Goes On To Review Both Legal Prescription, Alcohol, Nicotine, And Caffeine And Illegal Drugs, And Discuss Current Ideas About Why Some Drugs Are Addictive, And Whether Drug Laws Need Reform This very short introduction tackles mainly medicinal drugs and explains how they work I found the chapter on recreational drugs is slightly disappointing as it did not provide much new information Also, the book tends to use specific terms that make it a tough read for people not so well schooled in the field of pharmacology But like every A Very Short Introduction there is plenty of useful information as well. 2.5h 1.8x A good intro as far as VSIs go taking also some harm reduction perspective , though I wonder if the second edition from 2016 would have felt less dated with regard to some of the aspects discussed e.g., the medicinal therapeutic potential of many drugs historically famous mostly for their recreational use.Contents missing subtitles, to be added later view spoiler Iversen LL 2001 04 41 Drugs, The A Very Short IntroductionList of illustrations 01 Imhotep, Egyptian god of medicine 02 Title page of Nicholas Culpepper s Pharmacopoeia 1653 edn 03 Dr Paul Ehrlich 04 Lucky Strike ad 05 Mariani wine 06 An armoury of powerful medicines 07 Nicotine diagram 08 Diagram dose response curve 09 How drugs affect biological processes 10 Aspirin cartoon 11 Chemical structures of drug molecules 12 Chemical transmission in the nervous system 13 Peripheral nervous system 14 Bacterium Staphylococcus aureus 15 Tobacco being harvested 16 Lung cancer from smoking cigarettes 17 Caffeine cartoon 18 Coffee advert 1660 19 Seizures of illegal drugs in the United Kingdom 1988 1998 20 Robot chemistry 21 The making of a new medicine 22 Spending on prescription drugs in the USA 23 Tuberculosis mortality rates dropped dramatically during the twentieth century1 History2 How drugs work3 Drugs as medicines4 Recreational drugs5 Making new medicines6 The twentieth century and beyondReferencesFurther readingIndex hide spoiler A great book that explains simply why cannabis should at the very least be decriminalised, why people that take cocaine and heroin need treatment rather than being sent to prison and how the big pharmaceutical companies are making profits off of people dying. The English review is placed beneath Russian one , 20 30 , , , , ,,, ,, ,,,, , , , ,, ,, , ,, ,,19 20 ,, , , , XX, ,,,,, , , , , , , ,, , , ,3 ,,, ,, , ,, ,, .I started to read the book with full confidence that in 20 30 pages I will quit reading, because the medical topic, with rare exceptions, is not completely for me, i.e if it is not a popular series aimed at a wide range of readers Surprisingly, this work turned out to be such a book The author essentially created an extended version of Wikipedia on the topic of medicines I wouldn t say it was a fascinating reading, but it wasn t boring either Plus, the small volume actually eliminated the water, the verbiage.The author considers all sorts of questions related to the topic of drugs He begins with the ancient times, when the very first pills, infusions, drops, etc were presented in a single form herbs The author briefly walked on this topic, mentioned some moments from the history of ancient Rome and Greece, as well as some of their names and from what they helped.Then the author breaks the book down into two big, and I would say, main topics treatment and recreation The author begins, quite briefly, to consider the question of how the first modern medicines appeared That is, how and when civilization has made that main and important step from herbs to the present, conditionally speaking, pills Who invented them first, when and under what conditions The main time is the 19th 20th centuries, up to now.As for the second topic, the author will consider the issues of how substances that are now designated as drugs were initially used How and where they came from and what they were used for in those days In fact, they were all banned by the middle of the 20th century.The next question is the diseases themselves, the main species, etc Here I have already encountered a rather complicated text, most of which I did not understand Here as well butaccessible how do medicines work in our bodies by inhalation, swallowing, etcSomewhere towards the end, the author will look at topics such as viruses and bacteria, including how to control them An interesting point is when the author wrote that the complexity of disease control represents the dose to be chosen This is the first point The second point is the problem of the virus s constant mutation, when it can change in almost one day, making the medicine unable to cope with the disease.As far as drugs are concerned, the author briefly discusses their main types, their impact on the human being, the impact they have and how they have been used in human history The story will also include 3 main legal drugs tobacco, alcohol and caffeine Basically, there is nothing new here.The final part is devoted to how new medicines appear from creation to entry into the mass market , what are the prospects and the role of law in the industry The author concludes that a drug such as marijuana and its experience of legalization shows that this does not lead to an increase in the number of consumers and that in the future, states will decide on its legalization.In principle, the book can be read in order to have a superficial knowledge on the subject The book is small, easy to read and can help you to readspecial texts in books or magazines. I never would have thought that so much information can be compressed within a very short introduction I got the audiobook version, and it is instantly worth listening to again The only negative is that the book feels a little fragmented, as it jumps forward and backwards in tracking the historic development of different cures As an interesting side effect, this book also chronicles the development of medicine itself, covering the basics of modern medical standards Surprisingly, it doesn t shy away from discussing the biochemistry of various gold standard drugs, and enough is explained in the first chapters that you can understand what the author wants to convey The look behind the scenes of the pharmaceutical industry is fascinating, the astonishing fact that a single chemist can go thorough tens of thousands of compounds with robot chemistry is hard to imagine The social dynamics of poverty and evaluate to modern medical discoveries is also discussed, albeit briefly Interesting facts abound such as all drugs being molecules made of less than 100 atoms In brief, this is a highly recommender read. Being a student pharmacist and all, I loved this book.It was like a short revision after a whole year of a bunch of information.It organizes everything in your brain especially if you know what he s talking about.For those who have no idea about health or medications, you might find it a bit detailed concerning some drugs, since their mechanisms of actions are mentioned, which I didn t see was necessary if the audience the book was intended for was everybody.I had hoped that he mentionedabout the companies.All in all, very great, worth it. Chapter 1 HistoryChapter 2 How drugs workChapter 3 Drugs as medicinesChapter 4 Recreational drugsChapter 5 Making new medicinesChapter 6 What can we expect from the future

Leslie Lars Iversen FRS is a British pharmacologist, known for his work on the neurochemistry of synaptic transmittersIversen was Director of the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit, in Cambridge from 1971 to 1982, then Director of the Merck, Sharp Dohme Neuroscience Research Centre from 1982 to 1995 He became Visiting Professor of Pharmacology, at the University of Oxford in 1995.He was el

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  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
  • Leslie L. Iversen
  • English
  • 05 September 2018
  • 9780192854315

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