The Antidepressant Era / Edition 1

The Antidepressant Era / Edition 1

by David Healy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674039580

ISBN-13: 9780674039582

Pub. Date: 11/15/1999

Publisher: Harvard

When we stop at the pharmacy to pick up our Prozac, are we simply buying a drug? Or are we buying into a disease as well? The first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this authoritative, highly readable book relates how depression, a disease only recently deemed too rare to merit study, has become one of the most common disorders of our day--and

Overview

When we stop at the pharmacy to pick up our Prozac, are we simply buying a drug? Or are we buying into a disease as well? The first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this authoritative, highly readable book relates how depression, a disease only recently deemed too rare to merit study, has become one of the most common disorders of our day--and a booming business to boot.

The Antidepressant Era chronicles the history of psychopharmacology from its inception with the discovery of chlorpromazine in 1951 to current battles over whether these powerful chemical compounds should replace psychotherapy. An expert in both the history and the science of neurochemistry and psychopharmacology, David Healy offers a close-up perspective on early research and clinical trials, the stumbling and successes that have made Prozac and Zoloft household names. The complex story he tells, against a backdrop of changing ideas about medicine, details the origins of the pharmaceutical industry, the pressures for regulation of drug companies, and the emergence of the idea of a depressive disease. This historical and neurochemical analysis leads to a clear look at what antidepressants reveal about both the workings of the brain and the sociology of drug marketing.

Most arresting is Healy's insight into the marketing of antidepressants and the medicalization of the neuroses. Demonstrating that pharmaceutical companies are as much in the business of selling psychiatric diagnoses as of selling psychotropic drugs, he raises disturbing questions about how much of medical science is governed by financial interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674039582
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/15/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Of Illness, Disease, and Remedies

The Discovery of Antidepressants

Other Things Being Equal

The Trials of Therapeutic Empiricism

A Pleasing Look of Truth

The Luke Effect

From Oedipus to Osheroff

Postscript

Appendix: Current Major Physical Treatments for Depression

Notes

Index

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