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"The gap between scientific information and public information about drugs is growing hour by hour," declare the authors of this thorough, popular guide to pharmaceutical and recreational chemicals. The public's misinformation, they say, is only compounded by the fact that most descriptions of drugs' benefits and risks are oversimplified, inaccurate and politicized. Marijuana, for example, is portrayed by some organizations as a wonder drug, and by others as a dangerous contagion. The authors' guide aims to avoid such pitfalls. Divided into a dozen sections-Alcohol, Caffeine, Ecstasy, Hallucinogens, Herbal Drugs, Inhalants, Marijuana, Nicotine, Opiates, Sedatives, Steroids, and Stimulants-the book adopts a straight, neutral tone that reflects its commitment to providing unbiased, scientific fact. As professors at the Duke University Medical Center, Khun, Swartzwelder and Wilson are well-qualified to analyze and synthesize lots of complicated information, and this second edition of the guide has been fully revised to reflect scientists' growing knowledge of how chemicals of all kinds affect our health and development. Best of all, the descriptions are jargon-free, making this book a great choice for anyone looking for clear, reliable information about any kind of drug. 8 pages color illustrations not seen by PW.
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There is no talking down or trying to be hip in this guide to recreational drugs. The title is the slangiest thing about it, until the glossary of street language at its end, and a reader needs to feel comfortable with the polysyllabics of pharmacology, though the diction is otherwise common, not technical. The long first part consists of chapters on each of 12 kinds of drug: alcohol, caffeine, enactogens, hallucinogens, herbal drugs, inhalants, marijuana, nicotine, opiates, sedatives, steroids, and stimulants. Each chapter initially lists individual drugs of the kind and their common names and briefly describes the drug's "buzz," immediate hazards (overdose, etc.), and dangerous interactions with other substances; discursive text on the drug's history, effects, and other topics, such as, when pertinent, addiction, fill out the chapter. The book's second part contains chapters on the working of the brain, drugs in general, addiction in general, and legal issues. A sound, thorough, authoritative resource that, though aimed primarily at college students, will be a solid asset in every public library. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
This book serves equally well as a quick reference guide as it does a learning tool. I used this book to refresh my knowledge of street drugs, their affects, and the slang... Read morePublished on July 14 2009 by J.C.
the Psychedelics Encyclopedia is so much better than this book, even though this book covers psychoactive substances other than Psychedelics, I find drug war propoganda in here. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2002 by TripS
This is a great book to learn the basics of psychoactive substances. However you cannot hear about the basics and think you know everything, you must learn from experience. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2002 by TripS
Dispells some of the illusions about illegal and legal drugs without being preachy. For instance, while alchohol does not actually kill brain cells, its still not the breakfast of... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2000 by Peter A. Connaughton
As a police officer (and Drug Recognition Expert), I found this book excellent. It provides real insight on both the scientific level and street use/abuse of some of the most... Read morePublished on March 29 2000
In a time where literature on illegal substance is usually limited to propaganda either for or against drugs, their legalization, etc.. Read morePublished on March 23 2000 by a college student
Its really hard to find a good introduction to the effects of abused drugs on the bookshelf. They're either too broad and general and more adsorbed in stastics and rhetoric then... Read morePublished on March 21 2000 by Manchi Cheung
As a college professor at Delgado in New Orleans, La., I found the book to be very informative and fact based for anyone interested in substance abuse and/or addictions. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2000 by Warren
Well, another conservative review of the drug scene in America. It seems the authors forgot that the Medline data they so effusively praised was generated from studies that were... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 1999