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Pill - Object Lessons (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 21/03/2019
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. "You are what you eat." Never is this truer than when we take medications-from beta blockers and aspirin to Viagra and epidurals-especially psychotropic pills that transform our minds as well as our bodies. Meditating on how modern medicine increasingly measures out human identity not in T. S. Eliot's proverbial coffee spoons but in 1mg-, 5mg-, or 300mg-doses, Pill traces the uncanny presence of psychiatric pills through science, medicine, autobiography, television, cinema, literature, and popular music. Ultimately, it argues that modern psychopharmacology reveals a brave new world in which human identities-thoughts, emotions, personalities, and selves themselves-are increasingly determined by the extraordinary powers of seemingly ordinary pills. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781501341946
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 165 x 121 mm


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In this wide-ranging and readable book, Robert Bennett shows the many ways that our pills are us. Pill is a cautionary tale about putting our faith in easy cures, and necessary reading for anyone who wants to better understand our complex, anxious, and uncertain times. * Rachel Adams, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, and author of Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (2013) *
Adept in its understanding of the relationship between pharmacology and culture, Roberts incisively demonstrates how psychotropic drugs engineer the modern self. Pill doesn't invite us to ask our doctors about Zoloft but rather to ask ourselves how Zoloft defines us as individuals. * Lorenzo Servitje, Assistant Professor of Literature and Medicine, Lehigh University, USA, and co-editor of The Walking Med: Zombies and the Medical Image (2016) *

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