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Pills, Potions, and Poisons 9780198609421

Pills, Potions, and Poisons

How Drugs Work

ISBN-10: 0198609426
ISBN-13: 9780198609421
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PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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Product Description: About half of all the medicines prescribed by doctors are not taken by their patients. One of the reasons commonly given by patients is that they feel unhappy about taking medicines that they do not understand, and of which they are afraid. This book attempts to rectify this problem by showingin 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 about how some of our most important drugs were discovered, along with intriguing and often amusing anecdotes about the drugs and the people behind the discovery. Each chapter also includes a summary of the key points together withillustrations, photographs, or diagrams to summarize the main groups and how they work in the body. The book covers all the major groups of drugs, with complete listings of all drugs available in the UK and in the USA, so that the reader can locate his or her specific drug and read about the actionsof 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 HRT, oral contraceptives, and drugs used indisorders of the brain such as schizophrenia, depression, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and epilepsy. There is also a chapter 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 is a fascinating survey of how chemicals have their effects in the body. It shows how drugs work and explains why it 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 your health and quality oflife.

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