The Resource Happy pills in America : from Miltown to Prozac, David Herzberg

Happy pills in America : from Miltown to Prozac, David Herzberg

Label
Happy pills in America : from Miltown to Prozac
Title
Happy pills in America
Title remainder
from Miltown to Prozac
Statement of responsibility
David Herzberg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Valium. Paxil. Prozac. Prescribed by the millions each year, these medications have been hailed as wonder drugs and vilified as numbing and addictive crutches. Where did this "blockbuster drug" phenomenon come from? What factors led to the mass acceptance of tranquilizers and antidepressants? And how has their widespread use affected American culture?" "David Herzberg addresses these questions by tracing the rise of psychiatric medicines, from Miltown in the 1950s to Valium in the 1970s to Prozac in the 1990s. The result is more than a story of doctors and patients. From bare-knuckled marketing campaigns to political activism by feminists and antidrug warriors, the fate of psychopharmacology has been intimately wrapped up in the broader currents of modern American history. Beginning with the emergence of a medical marketplace for psychoactive drugs in the postwar consumer culture, Herzberg traces how "happy pills" became embroiled in Cold War gender battles and the explosive politics of the "war against drugs" - and how feminists brought the two issues together in a dramatic campaign against Valium addiction in the 1970s. A final look at antidepressants shows that the Prozac phenomenon, too, owed as much to commerce and culture as to scientific wizardry."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Herzberg, David L.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RM315
LC item number
.H52 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2009 A-281
  • QV 77.2
NLM item number
H582h 2009
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Psychotropic drugs
  • Psychotropic drugs
  • Tranquilizer
  • Arzneimittelmissbrauch
  • Arzneimittelkonsum
  • Psychotropic drugs
  • Psychotropic drugs
  • Antidepressivum
  • Psychopharmakon
  • Arzneimittel
  • Arzneimittel
  • Tranquilizer
  • psychopharmaka
  • Psychotropic Drugs
  • Psychotropic Drugs
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Culture
  • Drug Industry
  • History, 20th Century
  • USA
  • United States
Label
Happy pills in America : from Miltown to Prozac, David Herzberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-273) and index
Contents
Blockbuster drugs in the age of anxiety -- Listening to Miltown -- Wonder drugs and drug wars -- The Valium panic -- Prozac and the incorporation of the brain
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 279 p.
Isbn
9780801890307
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008007645
Other control number
40016181760
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)212399905
  • (OCoLC)ocn212399905
Label
Happy pills in America : from Miltown to Prozac, David Herzberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-273) and index
Contents
Blockbuster drugs in the age of anxiety -- Listening to Miltown -- Wonder drugs and drug wars -- The Valium panic -- Prozac and the incorporation of the brain
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 279 p.
Isbn
9780801890307
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008007645
Other control number
40016181760
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)212399905
  • (OCoLC)ocn212399905

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