Antidepressant Era by David Healy
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Antidepressant Era
By David Healy

The Antidepressant Era

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Antidepressant Era by David Healy

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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? An account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this 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. This book 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674039582
ISBN-10: 0674039580
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 22mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 8-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Pharmageddon by David Healy Pharmageddon, Paperback (April 2013)

Presenting a comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, this book tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. It explains why these trends have basically ended the possibility of universal health care in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

Let Them Eat Prozac by David Healy Let Them Eat Prozac, Paperback (October 2006)

Ground-breaking work on the dangers of anti-depressants and why the FDA continues to approve them. Lots of anecdotes, well-written, author will be on tour in the U.S. Good media lining up, very controversial author.

Creation of Psychopharmacology by David Healy Creation of Psychopharmacology, Paperback (September 2004)

Healy follows "The Antidepressant Era" with an even more ambitious and dramatic story: the discovery and development of antipsychotic medication. Once pharmaceutical companies recognized their commercial potential, financial as well as clinical pressures drove the development of ever more aggressively marketed medications.

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Author Biography - David Healy

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

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