By Elizabeth Siegel Watkins
With american citizens paying greater than $200 billion every year for prescription capsules, the pharmaceutical enterprise is the main ecocnomic within the kingdom. the recognition of pharmaceuticals in fresh a long time has remade the doctor/patient courting, instituting prescription-writing and pill-taking as an essential component of scientific perform and daily life.
Medicating smooth America examines the meanings in the back of this pharmaceutical revolution in the course of the interconnected histories of 8 of the main influential and demanding medicinal drugs: antibiotics, temper stabilizers, hormone alternative remedy, oral contraceptives, tranquilizers, stimulants, statins, and Viagra. All of those medicinal drugs were well known, ecocnomic, influential, and arguable, and the authors take a ancient method of learning their improvement, prescription, and intake. this attitude locates the histories of prescription drugs in particular cultural contexts whereas revealing the level to which modern debates approximately pharmaceutical medications echo matters voiced via americans within the past.
Exploring the wealthy and multi-faceted heritage of pharmaceutical medicines within the usa, Medicating smooth America unveils the untold tales at the back of America's pharmaceutical obsession.
Contributors comprise: 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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