Drug Stories--of Origins and Uses

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Science  19 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5469, pp. 1179-1180
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5469.1179

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Pills, Potions and Poisons How Drugs Work. Trevor Stone and Gail Darlington. Oxford University Press, New York, 2000. 492 pp. $27.50, £18.99. ISBN 0-19-850403-9.

Stone and Darlington provide a non-technical survey of how chemicals act in the body. Their chapters on major groups of medicines (organized around common disorders from allergies to schizophrenia), recreational drugs, and animal venoms are leavened with anecdotes on the people and research behind the discovery of various drugs.