FYI, I found what I was looking for:
Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, by Whishaw and Kolb.
Link to info on Amazon:
I'm about 1/3 of the way through, and quite impressed. Since I'm not a
subject area expert, I'm in no position to review it in terms of
completeness or correctness. However, I can say that it seems to have all
the informatin that I was looking for, and that the information is presented
in a straighforward and easy to understand manner.
"Andrew B. Gross" <andrewgr at microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:41b60198 at news.microsoft.com...
>I am looking for a book recommendation.
>> What I'm after is a book that gives me a basic understanding of brain
> chemistry. I'd like to be able to read the description of a drug-- a
> painkiller, or an anti-depressant, or an illigal drug like cocaine, or
> whatever-- and be able to puzzle out how the drug is supposed to work.
> E.g., if something is a dopamine re-uptake inhibitor, what does that mean,
>> My last chemistry or biology class was 20 years ago, in high school, so
> you'll need to assume that I'm essentially completely uneducated on those
> subjects. On the other hand, I'm fairly bright, have good reading
> comprehension, and am willing to put some effort in.
>> Thanks in advance for any help,