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August 1970

Drugs and the Brain.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):339-340. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080145035

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Abstract

This book contains an extraordinarily interesting group of papers in the expanding field of psychopharmacology. It is divided into a number of sections: (1) "Basic Considerations," which include papers on neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neurochemistry, and psychology; (2) "Psychochemotherapy," which includes the clinical uses of antipsychotic agents, antidepressant drugs, and minor tranquilizers; (3) "Memory Enhancers," such as analeptics, pemoline, and magnesium hydroxide; (4) "LSD" (lysergic acid diethylamide; (5) "Alcoholism and its Management"; and (6) "Drug Abuse With Opiate and Nonopiate Substances."

In view of the large number of papers, there is unavoidable overlapping, as well as unevenness in the quality of contributions. The overall effect, however, is excellent. We may be grateful for the fruits of experience that issue from the pens of the various contributors. This is because the amazing array of chemical compounds that have been introduced during the past 15 years is confusing to the clinician who often accepts

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