This highly informative text explores the structure, chemistry, biosynthesis and interaction of natural organic compounds, and their synthesis in the laboratory. The result is a fascinating insight into the underlying chemistry of life processes. The book also identifies the possible roles of natural products such as toxins, psychomimetics and pharmaceuticals. Each chapter is devoted to a particular class of compound and provides a broad coverage by focusing on both primary and secondary metabolite. Natural Products takes a chemical viewpoint but biological interrelationships are also discussed.