April 21, 2016 – Prescription Drug Abuse in American History

By , March 21, 2016

The Boston Medical Library presents the 12th J. Worth Estes, M.D. History of Medicine Lecture:

Prescription Drug Abuse in American History:

Lessons from a Century of Failures and Occasional Successes


americandruggist_refDavid Herzberg, Ph.D.: Associate Professor in the Department of History, State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. Herzberg specializes in the history of medicine with a particular interest in how encounters with health and illness have been transformed in America’s 20th century consumer culture. His work explores these issues in the context of modern prescription pharmaceuticals, especially sedatives, stimulants, and painkillers.

Among other places, this work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, American Quarterly, The Atlantic Monthly Online, and in a book, Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). He is currently writing a history of prescription drug abuse in the 20th century. For more information on the speaker see http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~herzberg/index.html.


The Estes Lecture was named in honor of J. Worth Estes, M.A., M.D. (1934-2000). Dr. Estes was a professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and editor of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. In addition he was the author of numerous articles and books on the history of medicine. The Estes Lecture was established in 2000 by his wife and colleagues at the Boston Medical Library. It is presented by the Boston Medical Library and covers topics on the history of medicine.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Carl W. Walter Amphitheater
Tosteson Medical Education Center
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115

To RSVP, contact Katherine Flannery at 617-432-7294 or email BostonMedLibr@gmail.com.

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