Historical Perspectives On Contemporary Issues
Shopping for Health: Medicine and Markets in America
A forum held at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on October 11, 2018, and continued online here.
Why do we refer to patients as "consumers" in the United States?
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Some of the materials related to this topic include:
John T. Carter Papers, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Daniel Joseph McCarthy Papers, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Du Pont Merck Pharmaceutical Company miscellany, 1991-1997, Hagley Museum and Library
William H. Helfand Popular Medicine Ephemera Collection, Library Company of Philadelphia
The editorial records of The Medical Letter, a journal of pharmacology, Rockefeller Archive Center
Vincent Dole Papers – Correspondence Files, Rockefeller Archive Center
Commonwealth Fund – Grants, Series 18, Rockefeller Archive Center
Commonwealth Fund – Mental Hygiene Program, Rockefeller Archive Center
Dally, Ann Gwendolen, and Dally, Peter John Papers, Wellcome Collection
William Helfand collection of medical ephemera, 1817-2010, Yale University Library
Medicine and Madison Avenue
Books from our speakers:
Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers
Patients as Policy Actors
Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac
Medicine's Moving Pictures Medicine, Health, and Bodies in American Film and Television
The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women and the Microbe in American Life
The Art of Asylum-Keeping: Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Origins of American Psychiatry
See also recent work from our fellows:
“A Mind Prostrate”: Physicians, Opiates, and Insanity in the Civil War’s Aftermath