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Speed, Ecstasy, Ritalin: The Science of Amphetamines



Amphetamines have had a relatively short, though chequered history. From their use in wartime, their abuse by the beat generation, up to the popularity of Ecstasy in the late 20th century, many have found amphetamines an enjoyable, though unpredictable, stimulant. More than that though, amphetamine-based treatments have been found to have beneficial effects for those suffering from attention-deficit disorders, and are now widely prescribed in the US and elsewhere as a treatment for children and adul ... More

Keywords: amphetamines, beat generation, Ecstasy, stimulants, drugs, ADHD, poets, musicians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198530909
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, UK