January 21, 2016
introduction and some orienting concepts, including “drugs,” “society,” “technology,” “medicalization,” “War on Drugs,” “Big Pharma,” “Foucauldian nightmares,” and “flakka”

January 28, 2016
doping in sports
discussion leader: Vogt
reading: [And a question for this week and every week: Are all of the journals below equally authoritative? How do you know?]
Gendreau, Megs S. 2015. “Who? Moral Condemnation, PEDs, and Violating the Constraints of Public Narrative.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18(3):515-28.

Kirkwood, Ken. 2014. “Does the Existence of Steroid Addiction Alter the View That Steroid Use in Sport is Cheating?” Quest 66(4):485-94.

Hwang, Jung Hyan and R. Scott Kretchmar. 2010. “Aristotle’s Golden Mean: Its Implications for the Doping Debate.” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 37:102-21.

just skim:
Patel, Rishikesh Kankesh, James Brouner and Owen Spendiff. 2014. “Chocolate Supplementation Reduces the Oxygen cost of Moderate Intensity Cycling.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 12:1-8.

Vanny, P. J. and Jordan Moon. 2015. “Physiological and Psychological Effects of Testosterone on Sport Performance: A Critical Review of Literature.” The Sport Journal June: 1.

February 4, 2016
medicalization and the loss of “normal”
discussion leader: Reese
Frances 2014, part one

February 11, 2016
term paper draft due
psychiatry’s penchant for goofy fads
discussion leader: Kuntz
Frances 2014, part two

February 18, 2016
Big Pharma and mental health
discussion leader: Crawford
Frances 2014, part three

February 25, 2016
marijuana legalization
discussion leader: Abel
Fox News Latino. 2016. “Marijuana growing starts at authorized facilities in Uruguay” Retrieved February 14, 2016 (

Sanchez-Moreno, Maria McFarland. 2015. “Winding Down the War on Drugs: Reevaluating Global Drug Policy.” Harvard International Review 36(4):35-9.

Anderson, D. Mark and Daniel I. Rees. 2014. “The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: How Likely is the Worst-Case Scenario?” Journal of Policy Analysis & Management 33(1):221-32.

Barry, Rachel Ann, Heikki Hilamo, and Stanton A. Glantz. 2014. “Waiting for the Opportune Moment: The Tobacco Industry and Marijuana Legalization.” Milbank Quarterly 92(2):207-42.

March 3, 2016
workplace drug testing
discussion leader: Hurst
Engber, Daniel. 2015. “Why do Employers Still Routinely Drug-Test Workers?” Retrieved February 14, 2016 (

Hickox, Sacey A. 2012. “Drug Testing of Medical Marijuana Users in the Workplace: An Inaccurate Test of Impairment.” Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal 29(2):273-341.

Goetzl, Celia. 2013. “Government Mandated Testing for Welfare Recipients: Special Need or Unconstitutional Condition?” University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 15(5):1539-59.

March 10, 2016
Western views of mental health in global context
discussion leader: Baker
excerpt from Watters, Crazy Like Us

March 17, 2016
spring break

March 24, 2016
birth control
discussion leaders: Bishop & Hollis
Barina, Rachelle and Jeffrey P. Bishop. 2013. “Maturing the Minor, Marginalizing the Family: On the Social Construction of the Mature Minor.” Journal of Medicine & Philosophy 38(3):300-14.

Reed, Philip A. 2013. “Artifacts, Intentions, and Contraceptives: The Problem with Having a Plan B for Plan B. Journal of Medicine & Philosophy 38(6):657-73.

Teixeira, Maria, Agnes Guillaume, Michele Ferrand, Agnes Adjamabgo, and Nathalie Bajos. 2012. “Representations and Uses of Emergency Contraception in West Africa. A Social Anthropological Reading of a Northern Medicinal Product.” Social Science & Medicine 75(1):148-55.

just skim:
Atkins, Danielle N. and David W. Bradford. 2015. “the Effect of Changes in State and Federal Policy for Nonprescription Access to Emergency Contraception on Youth Contraceptive Use: A Difference-in-Difference Analysis Across New England States. Contemporary Economic Policy 33(3):405-17.

Durrance, Christine Piette. 2013. “The Effects of Increased Access to Emergency Contraception on Sexually Transmitted Disease and Abortion Rates.” Economic Inquiry 51(3):1682-95.

Gross, Tal, Jeanne Lafortune, and Corinne Low. 2014. “What Happens the Morning After? The Costs and Benefits of Expanding Access to Emergency Contraception.” Journal of Social Policy & Management 33(1):70-93.

March 31, 2016
the anxiety epidemic
discussion leader: Fisher
Kelly, Maura. 2012. “Trickle-Down Distress: How America’s Broken Meritocracy Drives Our National Anxiety Epidemic.” Retrieved February 14, 2016 (

Prins, Seth J., Lisa M. Bates, Katherine M. Keys, and Carles Muntaner. 2015. “Anxious? Depressed? You Might Be Suffering From Capitalism: Contradictory Class Locations and the Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety in the USA.” Sociology of Health & Illness 37(8):1352-72.

Nagata, Toshihiko, Futoshi Suzuki, Alan R. Teo, and Chuo-Ku Nanba. 2015. “Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder: A Still-Neglected Anxiety Disorder Three Decades Since Liebowitz’s Review.” Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 69(12):724-40.

just skim:
Beiter, R, R. Nash, M. McCrady, D. Rhoades, M. Linscomb, M. Clarahan, and S. Sammut. 2015. “The Prevalence and Correlates of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in a Sample of College Students.” Journal of Affective Disorders 173(Jan.):90-6.

Crozier, Ivan. 2012. “Making Up Koro: Multiplicity, Psychiatry, Culture, and Penis-Shrinking Anxieties.” Journal of the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences 67(1):36-70.

April 7, 2016
the ADHD epidemic
discussion leader: Tabersmith
Broer, Christian and Marjolijn Heerings. 2013. “Neurobiology in Public and Private Discourse: The Case of Adults with ADHD.” Sociology of Health and Illness 35(1):49-65.

Bruner, Michael R., Amanda D. Kuryluk, and Sarah W. Whitton. 2015. “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptom Levels and Romantic Relationship Quality in College Students.” Journal of American College Health 63(2):98-108.

Fuller-Thomson, Esme and Danielle A. Lewis. 2015. “The Relationship between Early Adversities and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” Child Abuse & Neglect 47:94-101.

O’Brien, Rourke L. 2015. “Monetizing Illness: The Influence of Disability Assistance Priming on How We Evaluate the Health Symptoms of Others.” Social Science & Medicine 128:31-5.

just skim:
Paris, Joel, Venkat Bhat, and Brett Thombs. 2015. “Is Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Being Overdiagnosed?” Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 60(7):324-8.

Katzman, Martin A., Tim Bilkey, Pratap R. Chokka, Angelo Fallu, and Larry J. Klassen. 2016. “Re: Is Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Being Overdiagnosed?” Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 61(1):60-1.

April 14, 2016
no class meeting this week
term paper due via email by 5:00 p.m.

April 21, 2016
summing up
discussion leader: Kelch
Huxley, Aldous. 1932. Brave New World.

letter from Huxley’s spouse about his death

April 28, 2016
student presentations

May 5, 2016
final exam due via email by 7:30 p.m.