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Love is the Drug: The Chemical Future of Our Relationships (Hardback)
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Love is the Drug: The Chemical Future of Our Relationships (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 15/01/2020
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What if there were a pill for love? Or an anti-love drug, designed to help us break up? This controversial and timely new book argues that recent medical advances have brought chemical control of our romantic lives well within our grasp. Substances affecting love and relationships, whether prescribed by doctors or even illicitly administered, are not some far-off speculation - indeed our most intimate connections are already being influenced by pills we take for other purposes, such as antidepressants. Treatments involving certain psychoactive substances, including MDMA-the active ingredient in Ecstasy-might soon exist to encourage feelings of love and help ordinary couples work through relationship difficulties. Others may ease a breakup or soothe feelings of rejection. Such substances could have transformative implications for how we think about and experience love. This brilliant intervention into the debate builds a case for conducting further research into "love drugs" and "anti-love drugs" and explores their ethical implications for individuals and society. Rich in anecdotal evidence and case-studies, the book offers a highly readable insight into a cutting-edge field of medical research that could have profound effects on us all. Will relationships be the same in the future? Will we still marry? It may be up to you to decide whether you want a chemical romance.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526145413
Number of pages: 280
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A fascinating account of a future that is starting to unfold right now.' Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University 'A fascinating, game-changing scientific argument for the use of unconventional medicines by those struggling with matters of the heart. We all suffer; some even kill or die for love. If "love drugs" can alleviate the pain of rejection, curb domestic abuse, and even enhance feelings of attachment in struggling partnerships, many of the important ideas here could enrich-even save-lives around the world.' Helen Fisher, author of Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray -- .

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