This concise and fully up-to-date account of the effects of drugs on the nervous system begins with an introduction to the fundamental aspects of neuronal function and synaptic transmission. Subsequent chapters describe the pharmacology of the neuromuscular junction, the parasympathetic and sympathetic divisions of the autonomic nervous system, and the central nervous system. The text provides a full survey of the nature and localization of neurotransmitters and their pathways; the molecular biology and subtypes of receptors; and the effects, side effects, and clinical uses of drugs. Some familiarity with molecular structures is helpful in understanding the relationships between drug classes and their action, so this volume includes molecular structures of most of the compounds discussed, with an indication of their stereochemistry. Bridging the disciplines of pharmacology and neuroscience and bringing together some of the most exciting and challenging aspects of both subjects, Neuropharmacology is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the biological and medical sciences, as well as a handy reference for neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists who use pharmacology in their everyday research and practice.
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1. Neuronal Communication: Synaptic Transmission