On Speed: The Many Lives of Amphetamine

On Speed The Many Lives of Amphetamine Life in the Fast Lane The author on the CHEUppers Crank Bennies Dexies Greenies Black Beauties Purple Hearts Crystal Ice And of course Speed Whatever their street names at the moment amphetamines h

  • Title: On Speed: The Many Lives of Amphetamine
  • Author: Nicolas Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 9780814776018
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Life in the Fast Lane The author on the CHEUppers Crank Bennies Dexies Greenies Black Beauties Purple Hearts Crystal Ice And, of course, Speed Whatever their street names at the moment, amphetamines have been an insistent force in American life since they were marketed as the original antidepressants in the 1930s On Speed tells the remarkable story of their risLife in the Fast Lane The author on the CHEUppers Crank Bennies Dexies Greenies Black Beauties Purple Hearts Crystal Ice And, of course, Speed Whatever their street names at the moment, amphetamines have been an insistent force in American life since they were marketed as the original antidepressants in the 1930s On Speed tells the remarkable story of their rise, their fall, and their surprising resurgence Along the way, it discusses the influence of pharmaceutical marketing on medicine, the evolving scientific understanding of how the human brain works, the role of drugs in maintaining the social order, and the centrality of pills in American life Above all, however, this is a highly readable biography of a very popular drug And it is a riveting story.Incorporating extensive new research, On Speed describes the ups and downs fittingly, there are mostly ups in the history of amphetamines, and their remarkable pervasiveness For example, at the same time that amphetamines were becoming part of the diet of many GIs in World War II, an amphetamine abusing counterculture began to flourish among civilians In the 1950s, psychiatrists and family doctors alike prescribed amphetamines for a wide variety of ailments, from mental disorders to obesity to emotional distress By the late 1960s, speed had become a fixture in everyday life up to ten percent of Americans were thought to be using amphetamines at least occasionally.Although their use was regulated in the 1970s, it didn t take long for amphetamines to make a major comeback, with the discovery of Attention Deficit Disorder and the role that one drug in the amphetamine family Ritalin could play in treating it Today s most popular diet assistance drugs differ little from the diet pills of years gone by, still speed at their core And some of our most popular recreational drugs including the mellow drug, Ecstasy are also amphetamines Whether we want to admit it or not, writes Rasmussen, we re still a nation on speed.

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  • I love to read books about drugs. What better way to approach something so illicit and transgressive than through a logical and historical framework. Speed, itself, in recent times, has had a completely sordid reputation. Then we have the mythology of the rural American: anti-intellectual and bitter, clinging on to his religion and guns, with the meth lab out back. Rasmussen's book does a pretty good job of, without any overt agenda, looking at amphetamine's long and convoluted relationship to A [...]


  • I picked up this book after reading a review in the BMJ entitled "Speed: a drug in search of a disease". That sort of captures Rasmussen's premise; however, the book is as much about the history of amphetamines as about the changes in the pharmaceutical industry over the past 100 years -- both strangely fascinating topics. From the way it was discovered and patented, to the way it was almost shoved down soldiers' throats in WWII to keep up with Hitler, to its important role in early jazz and bea [...]


  • A moderately interesting book about the history of amphetamine use and the cultural context surrounding it. I had no idea that so many people were using speed in the 50's and 60's. The statistics were staggering.The most innovative point the author made was who amphetamines in the 1960's served the exact same role as anti-depressant drugs do today. People got speed prescriptions primarily for depression. Speed was the original anti-depressant drug.When we look at how people are treated today, we [...]


  • pretty solid, but more pop sociology than pop science (what the hell is "feminist medicine"?). don't go in expecting much in the way of chemical analyses, despite the central tenet that the vast majority of drugs which have meant to replace amphetamines are mere amphetamine cores with (patentable) Ready Whip-like candy toppings. don't expect much in the way of neurophysiology or neuropharmaceutical theory either. i'd have enjoyed seeing things like the expression of serotonin reuptake inhibition [...]


  • A fascinating history of amphetamine (and other related stimulants) use in the US, the UK, and a couple of other countries. It covers the discovery of amphetamines, the history of their medical use, their recreational use, the marketing drug companies used on consumers and physicians, and the societal implications of widespread amphetamine use.It had a lot of obscure information on amphetamines, mostly from military studies on it and unpublished research pharmaceutical companies revealed during [...]


  • As I was reading and contemplating a contemplative article by a writer I love - "Amphetamine of the Year" by Alana Massey - I got caught in the research blackhole of checking out each page she hyperlinked, as well as their sources, as well as random pages related to same (List of Celebrity Deaths by Drug Overdose, for example). So what should have been a 5-minute break between chores turned into a 4-hour read-a-thon about stimulants through history. And that is how I came to read Rasmussen's to [...]


  • "Individual shortcomings and disorders exist only by contrast with society's standards of normality and health" so says Rasmussen in his short and vivid historical account of amphetamine. Like many good historians, Rasmussen tempers his, at times, obsessive citation-making of the phenomenon in question with a healthy dose of realistic speculation. Over the course of the books, he does well to objectively illustrate that drugs (not just amphetamine) marketed by pharmaceutical companies have playe [...]


  • On Speed is a comprehensive, if sometimes problematic history of amphetamines. Rasmussen does yoeman's work, tracing the history of amphetamines from a minor decongestant in the 1930s, to a military enhancement medicine in the 1940s, to widespread prescription as an antidepressant and diet drug in the 50s, it's role in the Beat and Hippie subcultures, and eventual prohibition in the 1970s after a series of 'speed kills' campaigns. Rasmussen's historical record of people, discoveries, new usages [...]


  • Wonderful book, not only to understand the history of the discovery, promotion and consumption of amphetamine, promoted by pharmaceuticals, culture and the regulatory authorities to a certain extent. Also exposes some of the dark tricks of the fda and how the pharmaceutical industry works. The different uses of amphetamines, from the jazz culture to the "technologies of the self" very interesting book to read, full of dense research.


  • This book really opened my eyes to the extensive use of amphetamines and methamphetamines in our country (and world) since its creation in 1929. The conclusion beautifully summed up the foundational societal problems that has led to this level of medicalization. Incredible. This is information that every person should be aware of.


  • I really liked this book and found it really well researched! I'm reading it a second time now. A must read for anyone taking Stimulant medications such as Dexedrine or Adderall or just wants to debate idiot junkies who have no idea what their taking xD


  • As a student of public health and the effect that amphetamines have in the community, as well as a sometimes avid user, I found this book to be comprehensive in its historical corrective acount of the trajectory of methamphetamine.


  • How the most popular pharmaceutical of all time is responsible for the American Health system we have today.


  • Good history, incredibly interesting but ultimately, the ending bothered me a bit--it came off as preachy which was unexpected given the rest of the book was fairly objective.





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