This is a book presentation of the Lowell Institute Lectures dealing with various drugs on the market, their use and abuse, efficacy and toxicity. Eminently authoritative doctors preside--starting off with Louis Lasagna who provides a general history, Donald Louria who discusses (co-currently with his own book) opiates and hallucinogens, Dr. John Rock who presents aspects of contraception and population control. Antibiotics; the effects of drugs on the unborn child (cortisone along with thalidomide); the anticancer agents (hope still lies with the ""drugs of tomorrow"" since nothing positive is available today); the drugs used in heart attacks and strokes, or mental illness; and finally the industry itself and government controls. . . . Along with the synoptic commentary at the close by the editor (who also contributes one section), this is an overview which informs and monitors, even though an audience designation other than semi-professional seems doubtful.