Pills, Potions, and Poisons: How Drugs Work by Trevor Stone

Pills, Potions, and Poisons: How Drugs Work

byTrevor Stone, L. Gail Darlington

Hardcover | March 16, 2000

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About half of all the medicines prescribed by doctors are not taken by their patients. One of the reasons most commonly given by patients for not taking drugs is that they feel unhappy about taking medicines which they do not understand and of which they are afraid. This book attempts torectify this problem by showing in clear, non-technical language how medicines and other drugs work in the body to reduce the effects of disease. Most chapters include fascinating background information on how some of our most important drugs were discovered, along with intriguing and often amusinganecdotes about the drugs and the people behind their discovery. Each chapter also includes a summary of the key points together with illustrations, photographs or diagrams to summarise the main groups and how they work in the body. The book covers all the major groups of drugs, with completelistings of all the drugs available in the UK and the USA, so that the reader can locate his or her specific drug and read about the actions of the drugs in that group. The various chapters cover drugs used to treat high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea,constipation, ulcers, cancers, infections, impotence, incontinence, arthritis, osteoporosis, as well as hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives and drugs used in disorders of the brain such as schizophrenia, depression, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy. There is also achapter on drugs which are abused such as cannabis, alcohol, nicotine and ecstasy, and a chapter covering some of the poisons we encounter, such as carbon monoxide, arsenic, sheep dip, and the venoms of snakes, spiders, scorpions and marine organisms. Here, then, a fascinating survey of howchemicals have their effects in the body. It shows how drugs work and explains why it is that taking some medicines for many years is far safer than suffering the long-term effects of disease. Pills, Potions and Poisons is an entertaining read that should also help to improve health and quality oflife.

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Stone: Professor of Pharmacology, Division of Neuroscience and Biomedical Systems, West Medical Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ Phone: 0141 330 4481 (direct line) 0141 339 8855 (University switchboard), ext 5956 (secretary) Fax: 0141 330 4100 Email: T.W.Stone@bio.gla.ac.uk Darlington: Consultant Physici...
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Title:Pills, Potions, and Poisons: How Drugs WorkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:492 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:March 16, 2000Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0198504039

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Table of Contents

ForewordPreface1. How do drugs work?2. Breathing: allergies, asthma, coughs and colds3. Diabetes4. Eating: ulcers, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation, and vomiting5. The kidney6. Painkillers7. Headaches and migraine8. Parkinson's disease9. Schizophrenia10. Alzheimer's disease and other dementias11. Depression12. Epilepsy13. Anxiety and sleep14. Blood: anaemia and coagulation15. Blood pressure16. The heart17. Infections and infestations18. Cancer19. Steroids20. Rheumatic diseases21. Osteomalacia and osteoporosis22. Vitamins23. Love potions and aphrodisiacs24. Drugs of recreation and misuse25. Poisons26. The development of new drugsGlossaryFurther reading

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This informative book explains in clear, easy-to-understand language exactly what a variety of drugs and medicines do once they’ve entered the human body. In Pills, Potions and Poisons, Trevor Stone and L.Gail Darlington use illustrations, photographs and diagrams to differentiate drugs into main groups and describe their effects. There’s also a chapter on street drugs such as nicotine and ecstasy; a chapter on commonly encountered poisons such as carbon monoxide arsenic and sheep dip; and a section on snake, scorpion, jellyfish and spider venoms.

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"Pills, potions and poisons is a refreshing pharmacology book. There is a lot of useful and interesting information...and I'm sure patients