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Intoxicating minds

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0108300b
  1. Sally–Ann S Price, fourth year medical student1
  1. 1University of Leeds

Intoxicating minds is exactly what the title suggests: a text about brain drugs and drugged brains. Mind bending drugs are the order of the day, including those used to bend the mind back to “normal” and those so commonly used that their effects are taken for granted. The gamut of psychoactive pharmacology is sampled and discussed-alcohol and nicotine, uppers and downers, hallucinogens and psychedelics, and tea and coffee.

This book comes with a good pedigree. As so often promised by the blurb of brain books, it is written by a leading brain researcher, …

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