The Dream Drugstore
Chemically Altered States of Consciousness
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BLURBS #"Upon the ruins of Freud's failed attempt to construct a universal theory of mind, Hobson builds a catholic, brain-based edifice to account for the phenomenology of awake consciousness, sleep, and dreams in sickness and health. Its cornerstone--that dreaming, psychosis, and psychedelic experiences are closely related phenomena caused by specific alterations in the brain's neuromodulatory systems--allows him to explain a dizzying variety of altered states--from hypnosis to lucid dreaming, from out-of-body to religious experiences, mind-altering drugs and so on--within a single framework."
-- Christof Koch, Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology, California Institute of Technology.
"J. Allan Hobson, a world leader in sleep and dream research, elegantly links the mechanisms of sleep and dreams with the psychopharmacology of memory. Interspersing personal experience with the latest scientific information, The Dream Drugstore will delight and inform all readers regardlss of their scientific or medical background."
-- Carl Salzman, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"This book is not only the best modern scientifically sound treatment of dreams, their origin and meaning, but also an entertaining guided tour of contemporary psychiatry."
-- Lester Grinspoon, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
"In this extraordinary volume, Hobson links the mental changes that are common to dreaming, psychosis, and the actions of psychedelic drugs. He accomplishes this creative integration in a lucid, lively style accessible and of interest to both the intelligent lay reader and professional researcher."
-- Solomon H. Snyder, Director, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
"This is your brain. This is your brain on its own drugs. Professor Hobson has written a lucid, novel, and authoritative guide to the neurobiology of altered states of consciousness."
-- David Spiegel, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine.
"This well-written, enjoyable, information-packed culmination of Dr. Hobson's lifetime of scientifically based work in this fascinating area will be of intense interest and value toanyone interested in altered states of consciousness--whether induced by or associated with draming, psychoses, hallucinations, alien abductions, prescription medications, or recreational drug use. It expands and clarifies our concepts of altered states of consciousness and neurodynamic psychology."
-- Mark W. Mahowald, Director, Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, and Professor of Neurology, University of Minnesota Medical School.