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Book and Media Reviews
December 20, 2006


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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(23):2859-2864. doi:10.1001/jama.296.23.2859

Neuroscientist Leslie Iversen, PhD, fellow of the Royal Society of London, foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, former director of King's College (London) Wolfson Centre of Age-Related Diseases, and former director of Merck & Co's Neuroscience Research Centre, comments on the big picture of a major family of pharmaceuticals that has influenced the 20th century in ways garish, subtle, and profound. Speed, Ecstasy, Ritalin: The Science of Amphetamines presents the story of the amphetamine family's chemistry, pharmacology, biology, psychology, history, sociology, and popular drama.

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