The introduction of chlorpromazine in Belgium and the Netherlands (1951-1968); tango between old and new treatment features.

« The Introduction of Chlorpromazine in Belgium and the Netherlands (1951-1968); Tango Between Old and New Treatment Features. » in: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 44 (4), December 2011, p. 443–452.

Pieters T, Majerus B.
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Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities/Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. t.pieters@uu.nl
Abstract

The introduction of chlorpromazine in Belgium and the Netherlands demonstrates an intriguing tango between old and new treatments. Chlorpromazine, marketed by the French company Rhône Poulenc entered psychiatry as an adjunct to existing therapies. Instead of promoting chlorpromazine as a revolutionary therapy, we see early efforts to market Largactil as a supplement to the armoury of psychiatric treatments. These marketing efforts matched the idiosyncrasies of national and local styles and cultures. Despite continuities with earlier therapeutic developments, we support the notion of a therapeutic revolution. In the early sixties supply and demand provoked a turn towards more standardized therapeutic regimes.

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