A Short History of the Drug Receptor Concept

Hardcover | August 15, 2009

EditorCay-Ruediger Prüll

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The receptor concept was one of the most influential ideas in 20th-century medicine because it could account for the highly specific effects of drugs on the body. This book is the first to provide an historical discussion of its origin, development, slow acceptance into pharmacology and subsequent impact on modern medicine. It also considers the social context that influenced the drug receptor's development., making a valuable contribution to the history and understanding of modern medicine.

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The receptor concept was one of the most influential ideas in 20th-century medicine because it could account for the highly specific effects of drugs on the body. This book is the first to provide an historical discussion of its origin, development, slow acceptance into pharmacology and subsequent impact on modern medicine. It also con...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.79 × 5.59 × 0.79 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230554156

ISBN - 13:9780230554153

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The early development of the receptor concept by John Newport Langley (1852-1925) and Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915) * The critics of the receptor idea and alternative theories of drug action, c.1905-1935 * Quantitative arguments for the existence of drug receptors and the development of the receptor occupancy theory, c. 1910-1960. * The dual adrenaline receptor theory of Raymond P. Ahlquist (1914-1983) and its application in drug development between 1950 and 1970 * The emergence of molecular pharmacology *