Medicating Modern America: Prescription Drugs in History

Medicating Modern America: Prescription Drugs in History

by Walt Whitman, Edwin Miller
     
 

With Americans paying more than $200 billion each year for prescription pills, the pharmaceutical business is the most profitable in the nation. The popularity of prescription drugs in recent decades has remade the doctor/patient relationship, instituting prescription-writing and pill-taking as an integral part of medical practice and everyday life.

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Overview

With Americans paying more than $200 billion each year for prescription pills, the pharmaceutical business is the most profitable in the nation. The popularity of prescription drugs in recent decades has remade the doctor/patient relationship, instituting prescription-writing and pill-taking as an integral part of medical practice and everyday life.

Medicating Modern America examines the meanings behind this pharmaceutical revolution through the interconnected histories of eight of the most influential and important drugs: antibiotics, mood stabilizers, hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, tranquilizers, stimulants, statins, and Viagra. All of these drugs have been popular, profitable, influential, and controversial, and the authors take a historical approach to studying their development, prescription, and consumption. This perspective locates the histories of prescription medicines in specific cultural contexts while revealing the extent to which contemporary debates about pharmaceutical drugs echo concerns voiced by Americans in the past.

Exploring the rich and multi-faceted history of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States, Medicating Modern America unveils the untold stories behind America's pharmaceutical obsession.

Contributors include: Robert Bud, Jennifer R. Fishman, Jeremy A. Greene, David Healy, Suzanne White Junod, Ilina Singh, Andrea Tone, and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814783009
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/08/2007
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
Andrea Tone and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins
Part I
1. Antibiotics
From Germophobia to the Carefree Life and Back Again: The Lifecycle of the Antibiotic Brand
Robert Bud
2. Mood Stabilizers
Folie to Folly: The Modern Mania for Bipolar Disorders and Mood Stabilizers
David Healy
3. Hormone Replacement
“Educate Yourself”: Consumer Information about Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy
Elizabeth Siegel Watkins
Part II
4. Oral Contraceptives
Women over Who Smoke: A Case Study in Risk Management and Risk Communications, 1960–1989
Suzanne WhiteJunod
5. Stimulants
Not Just Naughty: Years of Stimulant Drug Advertising
Ilina Singh
6. Tranquilizers
Tranquilizers on Trial: Psychopharmacology in the Age of Anxiety
Andrea Tone
Part III
7. Statins
The Abnormal and the Pathological: Cholesterol, Statins, and the Threshold of Disease
Jeremy A. Greene
8. Viagra
Making Viagra: From Impotence to Erectile Dysfunction
Jennifer R. Fishman
About the Contributors
Index

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