Drugs: A Very Short Introduction

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Edition 02
Author Iversen, Les
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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 metal 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, in its second edition, gives a non-technical account of how drugs work in the body. Reviewing both legal (alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine) and illegal drugs, Les Iversen disscusses why some are addictive, and whether drug laws need reform.

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Table of Contents
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1. History
2. How drugs work
3. Drugs as medicines
4. Recreational drugs
5. Making new medicines
6. What can we expect in the 21st Century?
Further reading