Drugs for anxiety are a billion-dollar business in the United States. Yet in 1955, when the prescription tranquilizer Miltown became available, pharmaceutical executives worried that there was no market. In The Age of Anxiety, historian Andrea Tone provides a comprehensive account of the rise of Americaís prescription drug culture through the lens of our complicated relationship with tranquilizers.
Andrea Tone is Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine at McGill University. She lives in Montreal.