David Healy follows his extensively praised research, The Antidepressant Era, with a good extra formidable and dramatic tale: the invention and improvement of antipsychotic medicine. Healy argues that the invention of chlorpromazine (more generally called Thorazine) is as major within the historical past of medication because the discovery of penicillin, reminding readers of the global incidence of madness inside of residing reminiscence.
yet Healy tells no longer of the triumph of technology yet of a flow of fruitful injuries, of technological discovery best neuroscientific examine, of fierce specialist festival and the backlash of the antipsychiatry circulation of the Nineteen Sixties. A chemical remedy was once built for one goal, and so long as a few theoretical purpose may be chanced on, medical professionals administered it to the insane sufferers of their care to work out if it can support. occasionally it did, dramatically. Why those remedies labored, Healy argues provocatively, was once, and sometimes nonetheless is, a secret. still, such discoveries made and unmade educational reputations and encouraged extreme politicking for the Nobel Prize.
as soon as pharmaceutical businesses well-known the industrial power of antipsychotic medicines, monetary in addition to medical pressures drove the advance of ever extra aggressively advertised medicinal drugs. With verve and substantial studying, Healy tells a narrative with impressive implications in a publication that may develop into the best scholarly paintings on its compelling topic.