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Why do we study chemistry?

Why do we study chemistry? The answer to this question will be obvious when you consider the various classes of compounds we encounter in medicine and in our daily lives. For example, we are concerned with compounds such as drugs and the changes they undergo. Here are some things chemistry will tell us about drugs.

Actions. Chemistry may tell us about the actions of drugs on the body. Drug effects are determined by the chemical structure of a drug; changes in structure may alter the actions of the drug.

Safety and Storage Procedures. Special safety or storage precautions may be necessary for particular drugs. These can be identified by the chemical structure.

Incompatibilities. Sometimes, two or more drugs cannot be mixed because of undesirable chemical, physical, or therapeutic consequences.


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