Medicating Modern America : Prescription Drugs in History (Paperback)

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"Nowhere do pharmaceutical companies sell more drugs, make more money, affect more lives, or wield more power than in the United States. These sophisticated but accessible essays trace the history of eight types of prescription blockbusters, from antibiotics to Viagra, and show how they have changed Americans' thinking about disease, consumer rights, and normality itself. They force us to confront the paradox of a pill-taking society that wages war on some drugs but avidly seeks out others to economically profitable if not always therapeutically benign effect." — David Courtwright, author ofForces of HabitandDark Paradise With Americans paying more than $200 billion in 2005 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 Americaexamines 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 therich and multi-faceted history of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States, Medicating Modern Americaunveils the untold stories behind America's pharmaceutical obsession.

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Publisher New York Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780814783016
SKU 202707755
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0814783015
Release Date 1/8/2007

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