By Richard J. Miller
"Morphine," writes Richard J. Miller, "is the main major chemical substance mankind has ever encountered." So historic that continues to be of poppies were present in Neolithic tombs, it's the optimum drug ever stumbled on for treating soreness. "Whatever advances are made in medicine," Miller provides, "nothing may perhaps quite be extra very important than that." And but, by way of mind-altering components, morphine is just a cc or in an enormous 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 few of the forms, how they have been came upon and constructed, and the way they've got performed a number of roles in nearly each tradition. The massive 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 historical past, telling the tale of the undercover robbery of 20,000 tea crops from China via a British secret agent, for instance, the eu discovery of espresso and chocolate, and the way James Wolfgang von Goethe, the recognized guy of letters, first remoted the alkaloid we now recognize 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 components. Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the truth that antidepressant medicinal drugs advanced from the rocket gasoline that shot V2 rockets into London in the course of global battle II, highlighting the function of hallucinogens within the historical past of faith, and asking no matter if Prozac might help depressed cats.
Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a really interesting e-book.