By Richard J. Miller
"Morphine," writes Richard J. Miller, "is the main major chemical substance mankind has ever encountered." So historic that is still of poppies were present in Neolithic tombs, it's the premier drug ever came across for treating discomfort. "Whatever advances are made in medicine," Miller provides, "nothing may particularly be extra very important than that." And but, by way of mind-altering elements, morphine is just a cc or in an unlimited river that flows via human civilization, ranging LSD to a morning cup of tea.
In DRUGGED, Miller takes readers on an eye-opening journey of psychotropic medications, describing a number of the varieties, how they have been came across and built, and the way they've got performed a number of roles in almost each tradition. The gigantic scope of chemical compounds that pass the blood-brain barrier boggle the very mind they succeed in: hashish and cocaine, antipsychotics and antidepressants, alcohol, amphetamines, and Ecstasy-and even more. Literate and wide-ranging, Miller weaves jointly technological know-how and background, telling the tale of the undercover robbery of 20,000 tea vegetation from China by way of a British secret agent, for instance, the eu discovery of espresso and chocolate, and the way James Wolfgang von Goethe, the well-known guy of letters, first remoted the alkaloid we now comprehend as caffeine. Miller explains what scientists know-and don't-about the effect of every drug at the mind, all the way down to the main points of neurotransmitters and their receptors. He clarifies the diversities among morphine and heroin, mescaline and LSD, and different related ingredients. Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the truth that antidepressant medications advanced from the rocket gas that shot V2 rockets into London in the course of international battle II, highlighting the position of hallucinogens within the heritage of faith, and asking even if Prozac may help depressed cats.
Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a really interesting ebook.