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A Social History of Medicines in the Twentieth Century

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Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 1. The Big Canvas: Issues and Context Some Key Questions Social Validation of Medicines Regionalism in the Story of Medicines Organization of the Book Rural Scenes Public/Community Health Colonialism Writing the Story Chapter 2. Prelude: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries Introduction An Early Search for New Remedies Interfaces: Conventional Medicines, Self-Care, and Commercialism Chapter 3. Medicines for Weakness: 1900 to c. 1950 Weakness and Social Conditions Prevention and Treatment The Medicines Pharmacological Effects, "Cascades," and Social Validation Chapter 4. Authority and Gatekeeping: 1900 to c. 1950 Authority and Patients' Faith Authority and Prescription Medicines Authority, Gatekeeping, and Responsibilities Authority: The Druggists' Role Chapter 5. Certainty? Maybe, Maybe Not: 1950 to 2000 The Challenges of Change Validation, Rejection, Ambivalence, and Four Themes Theme 1: Accommodating New Medicines Theme 2: Patients' Dependence and Professional Gatekeeping Chapter 6. Hope Amid Uncertainty: 1950 to 2000 Theme 3: Public Confidence: Challenges and Responses Theme 4: Changing Relationships From Compliance to Concordance Epilogue: Do We Need A "New" Therapeutics? Notes Index

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