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Ways of Regulating Drugs in the 19th and 20th Centuries

  • Jean-Paul Gaudillière
  • Volker Hess

Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Volker Hess
    Pages 1-16
  3. Alberto Cambrosio, Peter Keating, Andrei Mogoutov
    Pages 181-205
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 319-327

About this book


This collection takes the perspective that the historiography of science, technology, and medicine needs a broader approach toward regulation. The authors explore the distinct social worlds involved in regulation, the forms of evidence and expertise mobilized, and means of intervention chosen to tame drugs in factories, consulting rooms and courts.


20. Jahrhundert 20th century cancer drug drug safety France health historiography pharmaceutical pharmaceutical industry research Russia

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Paul Gaudillière
    • 1
  • Volker Hess
    • 2
  1. 1.CERMES3CNRSParisFrance
  2. 2.Institute for the History of MedicineCharité University Medicine BerlinGermany

About the editors

CHRISTIAN BONAH Professor for the History of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Strasbourg, France ALBERTO CAMBROSIO Professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, Canada MAURICE CASSIER Sociologist and a Senior Researcher for the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France JEREMY GREENE Assistant Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, USA AXEL C. HÜNTELMANN Academic Assistant at the Institute for the History Theory and Ethics of Medicine at the Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany PETER KEATING Professor of History at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada ILANA LÖWY Senior Researcher at INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Scientifique), Paris, France HARRY M. MARKS was Associate Professor at the Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, USA DONNA A. MESSNER Research Director at the Center for Medical Technology Policy in Baltimore, USA TOINE PIETERS Professor of the History of Pharmacy at Utrecht University, the Netherlands VIVIANE QUIRKE RCUK Academic Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Modern History and History at Oxford Brookes University, UK STEPHEN SNELDERS Research Fellow at the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities at Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Bibliographic information


"Ways of Regulating Drugs presents twelve very wide-ranging, generally excellent, and often quite specialized chapters. ... This is all thought-provoking, quality work. The 'ways of regulating' framework brings wonderfully sophisticated analysis to the history of drug regulation, especially when focused on state, industrial, professional, and juridical actors whose power to create and enforce is evident." - David Herzberg, University at Buffalo, USA

"Ways of Regulating Drugs offers a stimulating history of the pharmaceutical products and industry during the 19th and 20th century. The choice of the authors is to assume different ways of analysing drug trajectories the demonstration is really convincing: it shows that if drugs aren't like other goods and if public health refers to a specific market, their history might not remain at the frontiers of the history of sciences, economic history or political history. The question of drug trajectories and of their regulations has become crucial enough to be liable to resolutely and fruitful multidisciplinary approaches, of which this book is a major issue." - Sophie Chauveau, Gesnerus, 71, (2014)