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Magic Molecules
How Drugs Work


  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044158

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  • All of us are drug users, in the broadest sense of the word. Drugs can be medicines, they can be used for pleasure, and they can also be used to protect our long-term health. It is important that we are well informed about the drugs we use - how they work, their benefits and their risks. This book is a unique guide for the general science reader to the drugs of everyday life - from the main types of medicine through to recreational drugs and food supplements. It looks at how drugs interact with their targets in the body, where they come from, how they are developed and what drugs to expect in the future. All the major pharmaceutical medicines are reviewed - painkillers, antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, anti depressants, heart drugs, tranquillizers and hormones. However this book is much more than a consumer handbook - it also conveys the fascinating science of drug discovery in an easily accessible way.

    • Comprehensive - covers all drugs from penicillin to Prozac, from caffeine to cocaine
    • Describes where drugs come from - labs, the rainforest, sea and soil - and where they are headed - towards gene-based medicine
    • Describes how the worldwide pharmaceutical industry goes about its business and what it offers in individual and global terms
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… this book flows like a river, uncovering the delicate dance between drugs and health and filling in the background … Magic Molecules really hits the spot.' Ben Crystall, New Scientist

    'I wish that this book had been available a few years ago … Magic Molecules presents some of the great stories about past and present drug discovery and development. It provides accessible information about the drugs that we take and the fascinating science behind them, with all of the hype and confusion cut away. Everyone will find something gripping in this book.' Martin Westwell, The Times Higher Education Supplement

    '… very informative and well written … this book is well worth reading and deserves to reach a wide audience.' Rob Kingston, Chemistry in Britain

    '… an elegant book … an admirable book. One can sense the enjoyment of the author in writing it. I wonder what she was on.' Paul Wymer, Chemistry and Industry

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044158
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. How drugs work
    2. From penicillin to Prozac: introducing pharmaceutical drugs
    3. Fighting infection
    4. The hormonal revolution
    5. Cardiovascular drugs: protecting the heart and brain
    6. The problem of pain
    7. The cancer challenge
    8. Drugs for the mind
    9. Drugs of recreation and addiction
    10. Natural alternatives: vitamins, minerals and herbs
    11. In the pipeline: gene-based medicine

  • Author

    Susan Aldridge, Focus Magazine

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