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Prozac as a Way of Life (Studies in Social Medicine)

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Prozac and its chemical cousins, Paxil, Celexa, and Zoloft, are some of the most profitable and most widely used drugs in America. Their use in the treatment of a multitude of disorders--from generalized anxiety disorder and premenstrual syndrome to eating disorders and sexual compulsions--has provoked a whirlwind of public debate. Talk shows ask, Why is Prozac so popular? What, exactly, do these drugs treat? But sustained critical discussion among bioethicists and medical humanists has been surprisingly absent.

The eleven essays in Prozac as a Way of Life provide the groundwork for a much-needed philosophical discussion of the ethical and cultural dimensions of the popularity of SSRI antidepressants. Focusing on the increasing use of medication as a means of self-enhancement, contributors from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, bioethics, and the medical humanities address issues of identity enhancement, the elasticity of psychiatric diagnosis, and the aggressive marketing campaigns of pharmaceutical companies. They do not question the fact that these antidepressants can, in some cases, provide great benefit to alleviate real suffering. What they do question is the abundant popularity of these drugs and that popularity's relationship to American culture and ideas of selfhood.

Synopsis:

"An important contribution to a debate on how one becomes who one is."

Choice "This book is one of the finest examples of today's interdisciplinary bioethics scholarship.

(Paul Brodwin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, editor of Biotechnology and Culture: Bodies, Anxieties, Ethics) " "Anyone interested in the question of whether spiritual suffering ought to be treated medically will find this fascinating reading.

(Hilde Lindemann Nelson, Michigan State University, author of Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair)"

Synopsis:

In this collection of eleven essays, leading doctors and bioethicists discuss the pros and cons of Prozac and America's culture of self-enhancement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807855515
Editor:
Elliott, Carl
Editor:
Chambers, Tod
Editor:
Elliott, Carl
Editor:
Chambers, Tod
Author:
Elliott, Carl
Author:
Chambers, Tod
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Personality
Subject:
Depression
Subject:
Fluoxetine
Subject:
Personality change
Subject:
Serotonin uptake inhibitors.
Subject:
Psychiatry - General
Subject:
Psychiatry - Psychopharmacology
Subject:
Bioethical Issues
Subject:
Psychiatry
Subject:
self-identity; self-enhancement; America s culture of self-transformation
Subject:
Personalityy
Subject:
self-identity
Subject:
self-enhancement
Subject:
America s culture of self-transformation
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General Medicine
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Studies in Social Medicine
Series Volume:
#16
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.25 x 75 in

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"Synopsis" by , "An important contribution to a debate on how one becomes who one is."

Choice "This book is one of the finest examples of today's interdisciplinary bioethics scholarship.

(Paul Brodwin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, editor of Biotechnology and Culture: Bodies, Anxieties, Ethics) " "Anyone interested in the question of whether spiritual suffering ought to be treated medically will find this fascinating reading.

(Hilde Lindemann Nelson, Michigan State University, author of Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair)"

"Synopsis" by , In this collection of eleven essays, leading doctors and bioethicists discuss the pros and cons of Prozac and America's culture of self-enhancement.
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