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F99 PBK COPY The Antidepressant Era David Healy A Choice Outstanding Academic Book When we stop at the pharmacy to pick up our Prozac, are we simply buying a drug? Or are we buying into a disease as well? The first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this authoritative, highly readable book relates how depression, a disease only recently deemed too rare to merit study, has become one of the most common disorders of our day--and a booming business to boot. David Healy's book focuses on the discovery and development of antidepressants and provides a fascinating insight into the history of this field. Healy skillfully interweaves the account of the roles played by the key scientists and clinicians with the powerful influence of pharmaceutical companies...The antidepressant era represents one of the seminal events in the social and cultural history of the latter half of the twentieth century. This book is written in an individual and engaging style, and the author reveals a deep knowledge of his subject...I found it a compelling read and hope that it will reach a wide audience. --Leslie Iversen, Nature Brilliant and brilliantly written...Since many of the scientists who participated in the antidepressant revolution were still around for interviewing, the material is vivid and personal. --Myrna M. Weissman, New England Journal of Medicine David Healy has emerged as the leading international authority on the history of psychopharmacology...Healy's book is a clear, detailed, and highly informative reconstruction of the major lines of clinical and laboratory research that have produced modern psychiatric pharmacotherapy... Without slighting the science, he manages todescribe major developments in an admirably readable narrative. --Mark S. Micale, Times Literary Supplement David Healy is Reader in Psychological Medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine. cloth: Fall '98 / ISBN 0-674-03957-2 November 61⁄ 8 x 91⁄ 4 6 line illus. 336 pp. paper: ISBN 0-674-03958-0 (HEAANX) $17.95x (#10.95 UK) Psychology/Psychiatry

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An account of the phenomenon of antidepressants. The book chronicles the history of psychopharmacology and the current debate over drugs replacing psychotherapy, and explores the regulation of drug companies, what antidepressants reveal about the human brain and the sociology of drug marketing.

Synopsis:

When we stop at the pharmacy to pick up our Prozac®, are we simply buying a drug, or are we buying into a disease as well? The first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this authoritative, highly readable book relates how depression, a disease only recently deemed too rare to merit study, has become one of the most common disorders of our day--and a booming business to boot.

Synopsis:

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 1998

Synopsis:

When we stop at the pharmacy to pick up our Prozac, are we simply buying a drug? Or are we buying into a disease as well? The first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this authoritative, highly readable book relates how depression, a disease only recently deemed too rare to merit study, has become one of the most common disorders of our day--and a booming business to boot.

The Antidepressant Era chronicles the history of psychopharmacology from its inception with the discovery of chlorpromazine in 1951 to current battles over whether these powerful chemical compounds should replace psychotherapy. An expert in both the history and the science of neurochemistry and psychopharmacology, David Healy offers a close-up perspective on early research and clinical trials, the stumbling and successes that have made Prozac and Zoloft household names. The complex story he tells, against a backdrop of changing ideas about medicine, details the origins of the pharmaceutical industry, the pressures for regulation of drug companies, and the emergence of the idea of a depressive disease. This historical and neurochemical analysis leads to a clear look at what antidepressants reveal about both the workings of the brain and the sociology of drug marketing.

Most arresting is Healy's insight into the marketing of antidepressants and the medicalization of the neuroses. Demonstrating that pharmaceutical companies are as much in the business of selling psychiatric diagnoses as of selling psychotropic drugs, he raises disturbing questions about how much of medical science is governed by financial interest.

About the Author

David Healy is Reader in Psychological Medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Of Illness, Disease, and Remedies

The Discovery of Antidepressants

Other Things Being Equal

The Trials of Therapeutic Empiricism

A Pleasing Look of Truth

The Luke Effect

From Oedipus to Osheroff

Postscript

Appendix: Current Major Physical Treatments for Depression

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674039582
Author:
Healy, David
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History
Subject:
Psychopharmacology
Subject:
Depression
Subject:
Antidepressants
Subject:
Antidepressive agents.
Subject:
Psychopharmacology x
Subject:
Psychiatry - Psychopharmacology
Subject:
SELF-HELP / Depression
Copyright:
Publication Date:
January 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 line illustrations
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19 oz

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Depression
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 336 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674039582 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An account of the phenomenon of antidepressants. The book chronicles the history of psychopharmacology and the current debate over drugs replacing psychotherapy, and explores the regulation of drug companies, what antidepressants reveal about the human brain and the sociology of drug marketing.
"Synopsis" by , When we stop at the pharmacy to pick up our Prozac®, are we simply buying a drug, or are we buying into a disease as well? The first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this authoritative, highly readable book relates how depression, a disease only recently deemed too rare to merit study, has become one of the most common disorders of our day--and a booming business to boot.
"Synopsis" by , A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 1998
"Synopsis" by , When we stop at the pharmacy to pick up our Prozac, are we simply buying a drug? Or are we buying into a disease as well? The first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this authoritative, highly readable book relates how depression, a disease only recently deemed too rare to merit study, has become one of the most common disorders of our day--and a booming business to boot.

The Antidepressant Era chronicles the history of psychopharmacology from its inception with the discovery of chlorpromazine in 1951 to current battles over whether these powerful chemical compounds should replace psychotherapy. An expert in both the history and the science of neurochemistry and psychopharmacology, David Healy offers a close-up perspective on early research and clinical trials, the stumbling and successes that have made Prozac and Zoloft household names. The complex story he tells, against a backdrop of changing ideas about medicine, details the origins of the pharmaceutical industry, the pressures for regulation of drug companies, and the emergence of the idea of a depressive disease. This historical and neurochemical analysis leads to a clear look at what antidepressants reveal about both the workings of the brain and the sociology of drug marketing.

Most arresting is Healy's insight into the marketing of antidepressants and the medicalization of the neuroses. Demonstrating that pharmaceutical companies are as much in the business of selling psychiatric diagnoses as of selling psychotropic drugs, he raises disturbing questions about how much of medical science is governed by financial interest.

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