The use of diet pills to lose weight is a twentieth-century phenomenon that carried over into the twenty-first century. During earlier centuries, society regarded plumpness as a sign of good health. Up until the late nineteenth century, a full figure indicated financial status, because a plump person could afford to eat. An s American drawing portrayed a woman asking her doctor for advice about a “fattening cure” to help her gain weight. A sign on the doctor’s wall showed a list of “Flesh Forming Ingredients” that include cocoa extract and French chocolates. Attitudes about weight had changed somewhat by when the first diet pill was marketed. The pill was a thyroid extract sold under names like “Frank J. Kellogg’s Safe Fat Reducer. However, there were dangerous side effects for people who did not have a hypothyroid condition.
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Using historical research that draws on new primary sources, I review the causes and course of the first, mainly iatrogenic amphetamine epidemic in the United States from the s through the s. The latest national surveys show that about 3 million Americans used amphetamine-type stimulants nonmedically in the past year, in the past week, and that to are addicted. The original amphetamine epidemic was generated by the pharmaceutical industry and medical profession as a byproduct of routine commercial drug development and competition. Searching for a decongestant and bronchodilator to substitute for ephedrine, in , biochemist Gordon Alles discovered the physiological activity of beta-phenyl-isopropylamine soon to be known as amphetamine. SKF marketed it as the Benzedrine Inhaler, a capped tube containing mg of oily amphetamine base and little else. For congestion, one was meant to inhale amphetamine vapor every hour as needed. SKF-funded Harvard psychiatrist Abraham Myerson played a particularly influential role, theorizing that amphetamine adjusted hormonal balance in the central nervous system by creating or amplifying adrenergic stimulation so as to promote activity and extra-version. Because Meyerson understood minor depression as anhedonia caused by suppression of natural drives to action, amphetamine represented an ideal depression therapy to him.