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3. Drugs as medicines

3. Drugs as medicines  

Les Iversen

in Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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Jun 2016
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9780191808210
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745792.003.0003
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9780198745792
‘Drugs as medicines’ highlights the principles behind the successful use of medicines to cure or ameliorate the symptoms of many illnesses. These range from infectious diseases, such as ... More
1. History

1. History  

Les Iversen

in Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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9780191808210
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745792.003.0001
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‘History’ outlines the knowledge and use of drugs through the ages. Early written records of medicinal drugs are known to have existed in a range of ancient cultures, including the Greek, ... More
2. How drugs work

2. How drugs work  

Les Iversen

in Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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9780191808210
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745792.003.0002
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‘How drugs work’ outlines the basic mechanisms of pharmacology. Drugs are chemicals that can be naturally occurring or man-made, and which can be administered in a variety of ways. They can ... More
5. Making new medicines

5. Making new medicines  

Les Iversen

in Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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9780191808210
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745792.003.0005
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9780198745792
‘Making new medicines’ outlines the process of developing and marketing new drugs. Advanced techniques provide scientists with many potential receptor targets. Compounds which may affect ... More
4. Recreational drugs

4. Recreational drugs  

Les Iversen

in Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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9780191808210
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745792.003.0004
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‘Recreational drugs’ explores the origins, mechanisms, and criminalization of many widely used drugs. Many recreational drugs are legal including alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, which are ... More
6. What can we expect in the future?

6. What can we expect in the future?  

Les Iversen

in Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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Jun 2016
eISBN: 
9780191808210
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198745792.003.0006
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9780198745792
‘What can we expect in the future?’ considers changing attitudes to drugs in the 21st century, the current pharmaceutical industry, and the rise of personalized medicines as a result of a ... More

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