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Pills-A-Go-Go: A Fiendish Investigation into Pill Marketing, Art, History & Consumption

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Named after and based on Jim Hogshire's popular zine Pills-a-Go-Go, this book is both a celebration of the wonders of modern pharmacology and a study of our society's propensity to take a pill as an antidote for virtually all of life's problems. To Hogshire, pills are the quintessence of Western culture, embodying our desires, fears, ambivalence about life and death, healt

Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Feral House
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I like pharmaceuticals. That should probably be kept quiet.
While full of annoying editing errors, this still contains absolutely everything you ever wanted to know about every kind of fun pill in existence (and some no longer extant). There's also a handy guide about how to forge a prescription and the best way to break into a pharmacy, should one ever need that sort of knowledge. Also plenty of information about the shady dealings of the FDA, and all kinds of old-school advertisements for pharmaceuticals. A very entertaining and interesting read.
Momad Badzen
Really a fun read. A dive into the land of pharmaceuticals.
Oct 15, 2008 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone in the health care industry or an interest in pharmacuticals
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Offers a very thorough history and many vintage ads of pharmaceuticals from decades ago until now. Suggests some home remedies for sickness and also to get high, lol. Very interesting, great pictures. I never knew there was so much to know about pills!
Very readable collection of essays about various drugs, and their abuse. Weird and frequently hilarious. The photos of old prescription drug ads (Gynorest? Quaaludes!) and essays about drug companies' advertising to doctors is especially thoughtful.
Good old school ziney drug geek obsessive fun (for, like, some of my friends and I who memorize half-lives and pill inscriptions etc.) Could be a bit more politicized abt stuff like Thorazine, though.
Daniel Levesque
Dec 08, 2008 Daniel Levesque rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pill Poppers and those who love them, Doctors
Great zine compilation. I couldn't put it down. I leave it in the bathroom. (That's a compliment, actually) More addictive than Xanax.
Nov 08, 2008 matthew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: users of pills, even if reluctant ones
Shelves: to-reread
charming and informative
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