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March 1979

Cocaine and Other Stimulants

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(3):182. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500390100024

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This is the 21st volume of the excellent series Advances in Behavioral Biology. Much of the material contained in the book was presented at a conference on contemporary issues in stimulant research held at Duke University Medical Center in November 1975. The volume contains 36 articles written in an easy, readable style. Most include introductory, methods, results, and discussion sections. The lengths of the various reports are quite evenly balanced, averaging 20 pages.

The volume begins with an excellent review of cocaine by Van Dyke and Byck. This is followed by a series of articles relating to basic mechanisms of neurotransmission in the CNS, then in turn by excellent research summaries of the distribution, metabolism, and behavioral responses of cocaine, amphetamine, and related compounds. There are several excellent articles on behavioral testing methods and the influence of stimulants, as well as reports of studies utilizing monkeys and humans. There

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