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On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives, 1950-1970

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"In 1968, a popular writer ranked the pill's importance with the discovery of fire and the developments of tool-making, hunting, agriculture, urbanism, scientific medicine, and nuclear energy. Twenty-five years later, the leading British weekly, the Economist, listed the pill as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The image of the oral contraceptive as revolution ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 11th 2001 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published October 14th 1998)
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Sara Watson
Apr 05, 2014 Sara Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the Pill complicates (and debunks) the causal relationship between a technology and a socio-cultural revolution. It also explores the tensions in the widespread adoption of a technological fix for socio-econimc problems (namely overpopulation concerns).

It is particularly interesting, though perhaps not surprising given the large percentage of the population concerned, that the Pill initiated an important shift in patient-doctor information relationships, introducing the patient package inser
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A perfectly serviceable history of the development of the pill, although not one that is not otherwise accessible elsewhere. Of particular interest in this publication, however, is the emphasis on the development of the patient package insert and the (often lopsided) relationship between doctor and patient (as well as pharmaceutical companies/development and doctors and patients). As always, I am interested in how risk-benefit analyses are carried out and by whom, and this book addressed this co ...more
Beth
Nov 13, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nice overview of the history of the birth control pill and it's larger historical and social meanings. Would have liked to have seen more detail but is a nice addition to the literature on prescription drugs.
Jess
Jun 01, 2008 Jess rated it liked it
This was an important book to read in terms of learning the history of the pill. However, there were some sections that were geared more towards medical professionals that I did not completely understand. But the parts about the social history were a lot more interesting.
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