August 1, 2014
The Promise And Profits Driving Our Pill-Popping Culture
We have pills to ease pain, to cure infection, to help us lose weight, to treat chronic conditions, and to enhance our sexual and athletic prowess. Why do pills play such a central role in today's society and could we benefit from taking fewer pills? This provocative topic is explored in the article “'Take Your Pill': The Role and Fantasy of Pills in Modern Medicine,” published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine website.
As a healing construct pills concentrate both biochemical and symbolic power,” says Dr. Krucoff, an Executive Editor of the Journal, “however like most powerful things, their place in modern culture can be unbalanced when the healing context is subverted by priorities like financial gain.”