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Vitamania: Vitamins in American Culture / Edition 1

Vitamania: Vitamins in American Culture / Edition 1

by Rima Apple
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813522781

ISBN-13: 9780813522784

Pub. Date: 06/01/1996

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

"Vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the public's decades-long love affair with vitamin supplements. Rima Apple deftly explores the science, politics, history, marketing, and mystique that have kept vitamins a hot-button issue for the American public."--Bonnie Liebman, Director of Nutrition, Center for Science in the Public Interest

"Have you taken your

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"Vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the public's decades-long love affair with vitamin supplements. Rima Apple deftly explores the science, politics, history, marketing, and mystique that have kept vitamins a hot-button issue for the American public."--Bonnie Liebman, Director of Nutrition, Center for Science in the Public Interest

"Have you taken your vitamins today?"

That question echoes daily through American households. Thanks to intensive research in nutrition and medicine, the importance of vitamins to health is undisputed. But millions of Americans believe that the vitamins they get in their food are not enough. Vitamin supplements have become a multibillion-dollar industry. At the same time, many scientists, consumer advocacy groups, and the federal Food and Drug Administration doubt that most people need to take vitamin pills.

Vitamania tells how and why vitamins have become so important to so many Americans. Rima Apple examines the claims and counterclaims of scientists, manufacturers, retailers, politicians, and consumers from the discovery of vitamins in the early twentieth century to the present. She reveals the complicated interests--scientific, professional, financial--that have propelled the vitamin industry and its would-be regulators. From early advertisements linking motherhood and vitamin D, to Linus Pauling's claims for vitamin C, to recent congressional debates about restricting vitamin products, Apple's insightful history shows the ambivalence of Americans toward the authority of science. She also documents how consumers have insisted on their right to make their own decisions about their health and their vitamins.

Vitamania makes fascinating reading for anyone who takes--or refuses to take--vitamins. It will be of special interest to students, scholars, and professionals in public health, the biomedical sciences, history of medicine and science, twentieth-century history, nutrition, marketing, and consumer studies.

Rima D. Apple teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Consumer Science and the Women's Studies Program. She is the author of Mothers and Medicine: A Social History of Infant Feeding, 1890-1950 and editor of Women, Health, and Medicine in America: A Historical Handbook.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813522784
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Series:
Health and Medicine Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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