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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262542241
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $27.99

Ketamine



The emergence of ketamine—previously known as a combat anesthetic and club drug—as a treatment for depression.

Ketamine, approved in 2019 by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of depression, has been touted by scientists and media reports as something approaching a miracle cure. This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series chronicles the ascent of a drug that has been around for fifty years—in previous incarnations, a Vietnam-era combat anesthetic and a popular club drug—that has now been reinvented as a treatment for depression. Bita Moghaddam, a leading researcher in neuropharmacology, explains the scientific history and the biology of ketamine, its clinical use, and its recently discovered antidepressant effects, for the nonspecialist reader.

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262542241
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $27.99