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Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs (Anglais) Relié – 30 janvier 2014

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Miller's explanations of these investigations make for excellent intellectual detective stories. (New Statesman)

Miller displays an impressive knowledge of both neurochemistry and Western cultural history. (Focus)

It's hard to imagine a more satisfying history than Drugged ... Miller's enthusiasm gives the text a quirky, eccentric charm ... Indeed, the connections Miller makes between the arts and the science of our brains on drugs are some of the most delightful bits in Drugged. (The Daily Beast)

Miller cover[s] everything from tea and coffee to LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride) ... He also makes lengthy and lively excursions into culture. (Nature)

Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the fact that antidepressant drugs evolved from the rocket fuel that shot V2 rockets into London during World War II, highlighting the role of hallucinogens in the history of religion, and asking whether Prozac can help depressed cats. (Gaia)

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"Morphine," writes Richard J. Miller, "is the most significant chemical substance mankind has ever encountered." So ancient that remains of poppies have been found in Neolithic tombs, it is the most effective drug ever discovered for treating pain. "Whatever advances are made in medicine," Miller adds, "nothing could really be more important than that." And yet, when it comes to mind-altering substances, morphine is only a cc or two in a vast river that flows through human civilization, ranging LSD to a morning cup of tea. In DRUGGED, Miller takes readers on an eye-opening tour of psychotropic drugs, describing the various kinds, how they were discovered and developed, and how they have played multiple roles in virtually every culture. The vast scope of chemicals that cross the blood-brain barrier boggle the very brain they reach: cannabis and cocaine, antipsychotics and antidepressants, alcohol, amphetamines, and Ecstasy-and much more. Literate and wide-ranging, Miller weaves together science and history, telling the story of the undercover theft of 20,000 tea plants from China by a British spy, for example, the European discovery of coffee and chocolate, and how Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous man of letters, first isolated the alkaloid we now know as caffeine. Miller explains what scientists know-and don't-about the impact of each drug on the brain, down to the details of neurotransmitters and their receptors. He clarifies the differences between morphine and heroin, mescaline and LSD, and other similar substances. Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the fact that antidepressant drugs evolved from the rocket fuel that shot V2 rockets into London during World War II, highlighting the role of hallucinogens in the history of religion, and asking whether Prozac can help depressed cats. Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a truly fascinating book.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining, informative book! 22 octobre 2014
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Richard Miller is a fantastic storyteller. I greatly enjoyed reading the history and mechanisms behind the drugs discussed in this book, which includes caffeine (always relevant). One thing to note, if you do not have a basic science background, some of the drug action mechanisms can be difficult to understand. However, Dr. Miller makes the subject matter entertaining by recounting the stories you never hear, and bringing the scientists, anthropologists, and other historical figures to life. If you ever have the chance to attend a lecture by Dr. Miller in person, I highly recommend that you do so. Overall, great book, and I definitely recommend that you read it!
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Great book. A bit heavy those without a medical or pharmacology background.
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Need for a class but a good read
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 4 novembre 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's science lingo, though inevitable, was difficult to follow at times.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read for a broad, yet detailed, history of drugs 9 août 2015
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I absolutely love this book! Provides a great background (with references) on the history of drugs and culture!!!
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