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What are good books on the neuro-chemical activity of drugs?
Q: Could you provide some decent titles that deal specifically with drug interaction within the brain? I've found many resources for chemistry of drugs, as well as general brain structure and function, but have been so far unable to find (aside from a few internet resources) any useful information about neuro-chemical activity.

A: Unfortunateley, there are relatively few good titles on this topic. Mostly we're forced to pick bits and pieces of data out of peer reviewed journal articles and related books.

The best book on the topic is:

"Drugs and the Brain" by Solomon Snyder.

Other titles that hit on the topic are:

"Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered" by Grinspoon and Bakalar,

"The Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs" by Daniel Perrine (technical, but includes some pharmacology), and

"Buzzed" by Kuhn, Swartzwelder, & Wilson (We have some problems with this book, but it does include pharmacology discussions and we've heard that the second version is a significant improvement over the first).

Also if you haven't already seen it, "The Human Mind Explained" is a good book on the general structures and actions of the brain.

Hope this helps.


Asked By : pepsi
Answered By : fire
Published Date : 8 / 1 / 2001
Last Edited Date : 8 / 6 / 2001
Question ID : 2795

Categories: [ Pharmacology ]

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