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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive book covering the pharmacological, metabolic, and therapeutic properties of marijuana. Written and edited by researchers in the field, this is a valuable contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to report the latest findings on the pharmacological, pharmacodynamic, and molecular mechanisms of marijuana.
Audience: The intended audience, as stated by the editors, is clinicians, psychiatrists, pharmacologists, policy makers, healthcare workers, and attorneys.
Features: The book features 826 pages divided into 11 parts and 71 chapters, including an introduction, and an index section. Topics covered include an historical review, chemistry and pharmacokinetics, biochemistry and molecular mechanisms, pharmacology and physiopathology, reproductive function, treatment of pain, glaucoma, effects on the nervous system, marijuana and psychiatry, AIDS management, marijuana and medicine, public health, and public policy. The book ends with a useful index section.
Assessment: This is a valuable book with a focus on the molecular and clinical aspects of marijuana. It will be mainly used as a reference.