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Therapeutic Revolutions: Pharmaceuticals and Social Change in the Twentieth Century

Jeremy A. Greene, Flurin Condrau, and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins


Histories of medicine in the twentieth century are often illustrated with specific pharmaceuticals: antibiotics that defeated infectious diseases, vaccines that prevented childhood diseases, antineoplastic drugs that fought cancers, cardiovascular drugs that helped stem the epidemic of heart disease, immuno-suppressants that made complex organ transplants possible, psychotropic drugs that controlled the demons of psychosis and lifted the veil of depression. These stories have become familiar catechisms of the biomedical present: they suggest sudden and dramatic forms of social change that foll ... More

Keywords: history of medicine, history of science, pharmaceutical industry, therapeutic revolution, medical anthropology, prescription drugs, biomedicine, twentieth century history, consumer history, modern medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226390734
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226390901.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy A. Greene, editor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Flurin Condrau, editor
University of Zurich

Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, editor
University of California, San Francisco

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