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The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness: Hobson, J. Allan

The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness

Hobson, J. Allan

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ISBN 10: 0262082934 / ISBN 13: 9780262082938
Published by Bradford Books/MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 2001
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The author, a leading doctor in sleep & dream research, explores different states of consciousness--out-of-body experiences, hypnosis, lucid dreaming, religious experiences, mind-altering drugs, hallucinations, alien abductions, etc--arguing that "dreaming, psychosis, & psychedelic experiences are closely related phenomena caused by specific alterations in he brain's neuromodulatory systems.'' Aimed at the educated lay reader, in 333 pages with illustrations throughout. FIRST EDITION hardcover with red boards is As New: completely clean & tightly bound, white pages, NO writing/highlighting/underlining; NOT ex-lib. Unclipped DJ is Near Fine, with very slight edgewear being only flaw. Nicely protected in new archival mylar cover Free! Please see our photos! Description & photos copyright Gargoyle Books 2018. Same Day Shipping on all orders received Weekdays by 2 pm (Pacific time); weekends & holidays, next business day. Bookseller Inventory # 009760

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Title: The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered ...

Publisher: Bradford Books/MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition First Printing

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In this book, J. Allan Hobson offers a new understanding of altered states of consciousness based on knowledge of how our brain chemistry is balanced when we are awake and how that balance shifts when we fall asleep and dream. He draws on recent research that enables us to explain how psychedelic drugs work to disturb that balance and how similar imbalances may cause depression and schizophrenia. He also draws on work that expands our understanding of how certain drugs can correct imbalances and restore the brain's natural equilibrium.

Hobson explains the chemical balance concept in terms of what we know about the regulation of normal states of consciousness over the course of the day by brain chemicals called neuromodulators. He presents striking confirmation of the principle that every drug that has transformative effects on consciousness interacts with the brain's own consciousness-altering chemicals. In the section called "The Medical Drugstore," Hobson describes drugs used to counteract anxiety and insomnia, to raise and lower mood, and to eliminate or diminish the hallucinations and delusions of schizophrenia. He discusses the risks involved in their administration, including the possibility of new disorders caused by indiscriminate long-term use. In "The Recreational Drugstore," Hobson discusses psychedelic drugs, narcotic analgesia, and natural drugs. He also considers the distinctions between legitimate and illegitimate drug use. In the concluding "Psychological Drugstore," he discusses the mind as an agent, not just the mediator, of change, and corrects many erroneous assumptions and practices that hinder the progress of psychoanalysis.

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J. Allan Hobson is Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of The Dreaming Brain: How the Brain Creates Both the Sense and the Nonsense of Dreams, Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes Out of Its Mind (MIT Press, 1999), The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness (MIT Press, 1999, 2001), and other books.

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