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Exploring Pharmacology

Two large beakers hold hundreds of pills in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Two large beakers hold an assortment of different pills. (Image courtesy of erix!.)


MIT Course Number

SP.236 / ES.SP236

As Taught In

Spring 2009



Course Features

Course Description

From Abilify to Zyrtec, the world is full of interesting drugs. Such substances have cured diseases, started wars, and ended careers. This seminar will explain how drugs can elicit a range of medicinal and recreational effects. Planned topics include over-the-counter drugs and "dietary supplements," drugs of abuse, treatments for neurological disorders, psychiatric medications, and many more. Prior experience is neither expected nor required, but student participation is essential.

Gusman, Mariya, and Zak Fallows. SP.236 Exploring Pharmacology, Spring 2009. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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