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Author Healy, David, MRC Psych.

Title The antidepressant era / David Healy.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.

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 UniM BioMed H  616.8527061 HEAL    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 317 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-305) and index.
Contents 1. Of Illness, Disease, and Remedies -- 2. The Discovery of Antidepressants -- 3. Other Things Being Equal -- 4. The Trials of Therapeutic Empiricism -- 5. A Pleasing Look of Truth -- 6. The Luke Effect -- 7. From Oedipus to Osheroff -- App. Current Major Physical Treatments for Depression.
Summary 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. 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.
Subject Antidepressants -- History.
ISBN 0674039572 (alk. paper)