The Rescription Drugs We Love to TakeBook - 2006
Prescription drugs are a $250 billion industry in North America, and more money is spent advertising drugs such as Vioxx and Viagra than selling Pepsi or Nike.Drug expert Steven Manners investigates how popular prescription drugs came into being, the social climate that created them and the ethical and medical debates that surround them. He considers how the medical industry changed focus, from treating disease to selling insurance: most medications people take-to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, delay osteoporosis-don't cure disease; rather, they treat a potential risk.Super Pills analyzes high-profile pharmaceuticals, tracing their origins and development, and their impact on health and society. Each chapter tells the story of one key drug-Penicillin, Prilosec, Cipro, Halcion, Valium, Prozac, Lipitor, Vioxx, Ritalin and Viagra-forming an insightful and often frightening perspective on our modern, medicalized society through the medicines we take.
Publisher: Vancouver : Raincoast Books, c2006
Branch Call Number: 615.109 MAN
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 23 cm