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Protecting America's Health - The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation

Philip J. Hilts
Alfred A. Knopf
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ISBN 0-375-40466-X
This popular book gives the history of the Food and Drug Administration and of the consumer legislation that led to the regulation of food and pharmaceutical quality. It begins with the era of the Robber Barons where companies marketed patent medicines, snake oil, and adultered food without government interference. It examines the impact of the Progressive movement as creating the initial push for government oversight and takes us to the current era where there is still a tension between business (especially nutrient supplements) and government.



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