United States Narcotic Farm 1935-1975
Nancy Campbell, Historian of Science, and Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensalear Polytechnic Institute co-edited with filmmakers J.P. Olson and Luke Walden The Narcotic Farm: A History of Photographs, Abrams: New York, 2008. This book is an offshoot of the 1 hour documentary film "The Narcotic Farm" completed last Fall by the two filmmakers and broadcast on various public stations over the last seven months.
The film is not available for purchase at this time, but people are encouraged to ask their local PBS station to air it. It is distributed to public TV by NETA and is available for all public TV programmers. People are asked to contact the filmmakers through the film website to find out how to preview the film.
Mood-altering drugs for pets
The New York Times reports about a new fad in a rich society: mood-altering drugs for pets. Details here.
US military and antidepressants
Time magazine featured as its cover story the use of antidepressants by the US military as official policy. Amphetamines had been used for similar reasons by Nazi Germany and the USA in World War II and by the American military in the Vietnam conflict. For more, see here.
Drugs in American culture (dissertation)
David L. Herzberg, "Designer conciousness: medicine, marketing, and identity in American culture from Miltown to Prozac" (Ph.D. dissertatin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005).
Pharmacodynamic Trends (article)
Schwartz, T. L., et al. "History Repeats Itself: Pharmacodynamic Trends in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders." Current Pharmaceutical Design 11, no. 2 (2005): 255-263.
Our Antidepressant Era (book)
David Healy, The Antidepressant Era. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. [History of medication after World War II.]
Against Florida's TeenScreen
Jeanyne Wanner's April 19 editorial for thepeoplesvoice.org attacks Florida's TeenScreen program as a "psychiatric/pharmaceutical system" money-grab which results with the coerced addiction of children to "mind-altering, deadly drugs."