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All of us are drug users, in the broadest sense of the word. Drugs can be medicines, they can be used for pleasure, and they can also be used to protect our long-term health. It is important that we are well informed about the drugs we use - how they work, their benefits and their risks. This book is a unique guide for the general science reader to the drugs of everyday life - from the main types of medicine through to recreational drugs and food supplements. It looks at how drugs interact with their targets in the body, where they come from, how they are developed and what drugs to expect in the future. All the major pharmaceutical medicines are reviewed - painkillers, antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, anti depressants, heart drugs, tranquillizers and hormones. However this book is much more than a consumer handbook - it also conveys the fascinating science of drug discovery in an easily accessible way.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521584142
ISBN-10: 0521584140
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » Fascinating insight into the effects of drugs on some of the most common, and most esoteric, human diseases. Aldridge is a chemist, biotechnologist and science writer, and has produced an informative discussion of high science which is very much not an arid academic treatise but lively and accessible popular science. Well written and stimulating, its topics range from sub-molecular to social events, from herbal medicines to the science of clinical trials, from cross-cultural experience of disease to 'recreational' drugs and food supplements, from the history of drug breakthroughs and excitements such as Prozac, antibiotic resistance and melatonin to future developments such as genetically engineered drugs. (Kirkus UK)

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