A Social History of Medicines in the Twentieth Century: To Be Taken Three Times a Day

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CRC Press, Apr 22, 2004 - Medical - 340 pages
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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.

A Social History of Medicines in the Twentieth Century also addresses:
  • medicines for weakness (“health” foods, fortifiers, digestives/laxatives)
  • poison and pharmacy legislation
  • placebos
  • tranquilizers and antidepressants
  • hormones
  • side-effects
  • psychoactive medications
  • herbal medicines
  • a brief history of the use of medicines from the 17th to 19th centuries
  • suggestions for future policies
  • and much more!
A Social History of Medicines in the Twentieth Century is equally vital as a professional resource for physicians, pharmacists, and health care administrators, as a classroom guide for academics working in the medical and pharmaceutical fields, and as a resource for patients.
 

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Contents

The Big Canvas Issues and Context
1
Social Validation of Medicines
3
Regionalism in the Story of Medicines
6
Organization of the Book
8
Rural Scenes
9
PublicCommunity Health
15
Colonialism
17
Writing the Story
20
Authority and Gatekeeping 1900 c 1950
95
Authority and Patients Faith
96
Authority and Prescription Medicines
108
Authority Gatekeeping and Responsibilities
114
The Druggists Role
130
Certainty? Maybe Maybe Not 1950 to 2000
143
Validation Rejection Ambivalence and Four Themes
146
Accommodating New Medicines
151

Prelude Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries
31
An Early Search for New Remedies
32
Conventional Medicines SelfCare and Commercialism
40
Medicines for Weakness 1900 c 1950
51
Prevention and Treatment
54
The Medicines
58
Pharmacological Effects Cascades and Social Validation
90
Patients Dependence and Professional Gatekeeping
163
Hope Amid Uncertainty 1950 to 2000
191
Changing Relationships From Compliance to Concordance
226
Do We Need a New Therapeutics?
243
Notes
247
Index
331
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