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Drugs & the Human Body, 8th edition

  • Ken Liska

Published by Pearson (July 16th 2008) - Copyright © 2009

8th edition


KEY BENEFIT: Clear and readable for the average reader – yet comprehensive enough for the professional – this reliable reference addresses the effects of high-use, high-abuse drugs in America in a timely and straightforward fashion. KEY TOPICS: Reflects up-to-date research throughout, including coverage of street, over-the-counter, and prescriptive drugs. Highlights the World Wide Web as a growing primary source of drug information. Extensively revises coverage of drug discovery, including major additional information on proteomics, and pharmacogenomics; and highlights the importance of these topics in the context of personalized drug treatment. MARKET: For professionals in health and drug education, criminal justice, sociology, biology, and chemistry.

Table of contents

NOTE: Each chapter ends with Web Sites and Study Questions.

 1. The Magic Bullets.

 2. Where Drugs Come From.

 3. Federal Laws: The FDA and Drug Testing–Penalties for Illicit Use.

 4. What Happens to Drugs After We Take Them.

 5. Drugs at the Synapse.

 6. Narcotic Analgesics: Opiates and Opioids.

 7. Cocaine, Amphetamines, Caffeine, Nicotine, and Other Stimulants.

 8. The Barbiturates: Battered But Still Here.

 9. Alcohol and 100 Million Americans.

10. The Major and Minor Tranquilizers.

11. Marijuana.

12. Hallucinogens, Street Drugs, Designer Drugs, Club Drugs, Predatory Drugs, and Some Observations.

13. The Pill: An Update.

14. Non-Steroidal, Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, Ketoprofen, Fenoprofen, and Celebrex and Vioxx.

15. Additional OTC Drugs and Chemicals.

16. Personal Drug Testing.

17. Drugs in Sports.

Appendix I: Structure-Activity Relationships (SARs).

Appendix II: Answers and Discussion: Understanding Alcoholism.

Appendix III: DAWN Data Summary.

Appendix IV: The Scientific Method.

Appendix V: Glossary.


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