A Social History of Medicines in the Twentieth Century: To Be Taken Three Times a Day
Get a fresh perspective on the day-to-day use of medicine!
A Social History of Medicines in the Twentieth Century explores the most perplexing issues concerning the uses of prescriptions and other medicines on both sides of the Atlantic. The book equips you with a thorough understanding of the everyday use of medicine in the United States, Canada, and Britain, concentrating on its recent past. Dr. John K. Crellin, author of several influential books on the history of medicine and pharmacy, addresses vital topics such as: the emergence of prescription-only medicines; gate-keeping roles for pharmacists; the role of the drugstore; and the rise of alternative medicines.
A Social History of Medicines in the Twentieth Century adds the historical perspective missing from most medical and pharmaceutical literature about trends in the day-to-day use of medicines in society. The book is essential reading for anyone taking regular medication, either as self-care or by a physician’s prescription. Topics discussed include the non-scientific factors that validate medicines, the relevance of the control of narcotics, marketing strategies used by the pharmaceutical industry, the changing authority of physicians and pharmacists, over-the-counter medicines, tonics and sedatives, and patient compliance—and non-compliance.
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The Big Canvas Issues and Context
Social Validation of Medicines
Regionalism in the Story of Medicines
Organization of the Book
Writing the Story
Authority and Gatekeeping 1900 c 1950
Authority and Patients Faith
Authority and Prescription Medicines
Authority Gatekeeping and Responsibilities
The Druggists Role
Certainty? Maybe Maybe Not 1950 to 2000
Validation Rejection Ambivalence and Four Themes
Accommodating New Medicines
Prelude Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries
An Early Search for New Remedies
Conventional Medicines SelfCare and Commercialism
Medicines for Weakness 1900 c 1950
Prevention and Treatment
Pharmacological Effects Cascades and Social Validation
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