By Richard J. Miller
"Morphine," writes Richard J. Miller, "is the main major chemical substance mankind has ever encountered." So historical that is still of poppies were present in Neolithic tombs, it's the ultimate drug ever came upon for treating ache. "Whatever advances are made in medicine," Miller provides, "nothing may perhaps particularly be extra very important than that." And but, in terms of mind-altering ingredients, morphine is simply 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 travel of psychotropic medicines, describing a number of the types, how they have been found and constructed, and the way they've got performed a number of roles in nearly each tradition. The monstrous scope of chemical substances that go the blood-brain barrier boggle the very mind they achieve: 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 crops from China by means of a British undercover 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 be aware of as caffeine. Miller explains what scientists know-and don't-about the influence 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 comparable components. Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the truth that antidepressant medications developed from the rocket gasoline that shot V2 rockets into London in the course of international warfare II, highlighting the position of hallucinogens within the background of faith, and asking no matter if Prozac may also help depressed cats.
Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a very attention-grabbing booklet.