All of us are drug users, in the broadest sense of the word.
Drugs can be medicines, they can be used for pleasure, and they can also be used to protect our long-term health.
It is important that we are well informed about the drugs we use - how they work, their benefits and their risks.
This book is a unique guide for the general science reader to the drugs of everyday life - from the main types of medicine through to recreational drugs and food supplements.
It looks at how drugs interact with their targets in the body, where they come from, how they are developed and what drugs to expect in the future.
All the major pharmaceutical medicines are reviewed - painkillers, antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, anti depressants, heart drugs, tranquillizers and hormones.
However this book is much more than a consumer handbook - it also conveys the fascinating science of drug discovery in an easily accessible way.