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Anxious Americans have increasingly pursued peace of mind through pills and prescriptions. In 2006, the National Institute of Mental Health estimated that 40 million adult Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder in any given year: more than double the number thought to have such a disorder in 2001. Anti-anxiety drugs are a billion-dollar business. Yet as recently as 1955, when the first tranquilizer-Miltown-went on the market, pharmaceutical executives worried that there wouldnt be interest in anxiety-relief. At mid-century, talk therapy remained the treatment of choice. But Miltown became a sensation-the first psychotropic blockbuster in United States history. By 1957, Americans had filled 36 million prescriptions. Patients seeking made-to-order tranquility emptied drugstores, forcing pharmacists to post signs reading more Miltown tomorrow. The drugs financial success and cultural impact revolutionized perceptions of anxiety and its treatment, inspiring the development of other lifestyle drugs including Valium and Prozac. In The Age of Anxiety, Andrea Tone draws on a broad array of original sources-manufacturers files, FDA reports, letters, government investigations, and interviews with inventors, physicians, patients, and activists-to provide the first comprehensive account of the rise of Americas tranquilizer culture. She transports readers from the bomb shelters of the Cold War to the scientific optimism of the Baby Boomers, to the just say no Puritanism of the late 1970s and 1980s. A vibrant history of Americas long and turbulent affair with tranquilizers, The Age of Anxiety casts new light on what it has meant to seek synthetic solutions to everyday angst.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465086580
ISBN-10: 0465086586
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Andrea Tone

Andrea Tone is Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine at McGill University. She is the author of numerous articles and books including Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America, named one of the Best Books of 2001 by the Washington Post, and which inspired the Emmy award-winning PBS documentary on the birth control pill. Devices and Desires received wide acclaim. The New York Times described it as marvellously eye-opening" and American Scientist praised it as remarkable...richly textured...[and] engaging to read." Her work has been featured on ABC, PBS, NPR, and the History Channel, and in the New York Times. She lives in Montreal.

Books By Andrea Tone

Age of Anxiety by Andrea Tone
Paperback, January 2012
Business of Benevolence by Andrea Tone
Hardback, October 1997