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.

Posted by Dave Trippel on May 8, 2009 at 07:37 PM in Addiction, Books, Drugs (general), Film, Law Enforcement, LSD, Opium, Psychiatric Drugs, Science, United States | Permalink

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.

Posted by David Fahey on July 9, 2008 at 02:44 PM in Psychiatric Drugs | Permalink

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.

Posted by David Fahey on June 8, 2008 at 04:48 PM in Amphetamines, Germany, Psychiatric Drugs, United States | Permalink

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).

Posted by David Fahey on August 4, 2007 at 04:36 PM in Drugs (general), Psychiatric Drugs, United States | Permalink

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.

Posted by Jon on May 31, 2006 at 09:11 AM in Psychiatric Drugs | Permalink

Our Antidepressant Era (book)

David Healy, The Antidepressant Era. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. [History of medication after World War II.]

Posted by Jon on April 24, 2006 at 01:32 PM in Prescription Drugs, Psychiatric Drugs | Permalink

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."

Posted by Jon on April 19, 2006 at 09:28 AM in Psychiatric Drugs, United States | Permalink