Alkaloids: Nature's Curse or Blessing?
As numerous historical documents - on fireclay, papyrus, or
paper - testify, alkaloids, nitrogen contining natural substances, have been
companions of mankind from ancient time. Valued as drugs and stimulants, some
species are also feared because of their addictive potential, and often it seems
impossible to distinguish these effects unambiguously. The chemistry of
alkaloids has been captivating chemists for ages and generations. This is the
first comprehensive reference work providing a concise overview of structure,
properties, and history of these unique and fascinating substances!
"...an insightful treatment of a complex subject and a valuable reference source..."(Chemistry in Britain, October 2002)
"...a very handsome book for the coffee table..." (Perkin Transactions, Vol.1, No.23, 2002)
"The reviewer must confess that he could not put the book down...most medicinal chemists would find it an appealing choice for pleasure reading...highly recommended." (Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Vol. 46, No. 5)
"...The book is beautifully produced with many excellent figures and photographs. As a book for the interested chemical scientists it serves it intended remit excellently" (Chemistry & Industry, 19May 2003)
A"...gives an excellent survey of the known classes of alkaloids, is remarkably comprehensive, and is further enhanced by the aesthetically pleasing and consistent style of the structural formulas..." (Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 4852)
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