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Happy pills in America : from Miltown to Prozac

Author: David L Herzberg
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Valium. Paxil. Prozac. Prescribed by the millions each year, these medications have been hailed as wonder drugs and vilified as numbing and addictive crutches. Where did this "blockbuster drug" phenomenon come from? What factors led to the mass acceptance of tranquilizers and antidepressants? And how has their widespread use affected American culture?" "David Herzberg addresses these questions by tracing the rise  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David L Herzberg
ISBN: 9780801890307 0801890306 9780801898143 0801898145
OCLC Number: 212399905
Description: x, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Blockbuster drugs in the age of anxiety --
Listening to Miltown --
Wonder drugs and drug wars --
The Valium panic --
Prozac and the incorporation of the brain.
Responsibility: David Herzberg.
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Valium. Paxil. Prozac. Prescribed by the millions each year, these medications have been hailed as wonder drugs and vilified as numbing and addictive crutches. This title traces the rise of  Read more...

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