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Book recommendation, please

Andrew B. Gross andrewgr at microsoft.com
Tue Dec 7 14:17:42 EST 2004

I am looking for a book recommendation.

What I'm after is a book that gives me a basic understanding of brain 
chemistry.  I'd like to be able to read the description of a drug-- a 
painkiller, or an anti-depressant, or an illigal drug like cocaine, or 
whatever-- and be able to puzzle out how the drug is supposed to work. 
E.g., if something is a dopamine re-uptake inhibitor, what does that mean, 

My last chemistry or biology class was 20 years ago, in high school, so 
you'll need to assume that I'm essentially completely uneducated on those 
subjects.  On the other hand, I'm fairly bright, have good reading 
comprehension, and am willing to put some effort in.

Thanks in advance for any help,


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