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Contraceptive Risk The FDA, Depo-Provera, and the Politics of Experimental Medicine WILLIAM GREEN


The sordid history of Depo-Provera and the complex working relationship between the FDA, the U.S. government, and big pharma

The FDA, Depo-Provera, and the Politics of Experimental Medicine

Depo-Provera is known as an injectable hormonal birth control method, but few are familiar with its dark and complicated history. Although officially approved by the FDA in 1992, Depo-Provera was used and tested on patients, often without informed consent, since its initial development in the late 1960s. William Green

Through a fascinating combination of archival materials and interviews, William Green crafts a landmark study of the scientific development, legal cases, policy, and institutional operations related to Depo-Provera. He exposes the drug’s history of testing without informed consent, its negative side effects, and the use of the drug as chemical castration for male sex offenders. The story of Depo-Provera’s complicated history calls for a paradigm shift from approaching pharmaceutical development for profit to a more ethical consideration of contraceptive drugs. Contraceptive Risk is a thoroughly researched and engrossing approach to the scientific, political and institutional forces involved in health law and policy, as well as the multifaceted politics of measuring risk. WILLIAM GREEN is Professor of Government at Morehead State University in Kentucky.

MAY 2017 336 PAGES PAPER • 978-1-4798-3698-7 • $30.00S (£24.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-7699-0 • $89.00X (£74.00) In the Biopolitics series SOCIOLOGY • MEDICINE WWW.NYUPRESS.ORG

The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists LISA PACE VETTER

The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists

Recovering the powerful and influential contributions of women in the nation’s formative years

The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists traces the significance of Frances Wright, Harriet Martineau, Angelina and Sarah Grimké, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth in shaping American political thinking. Their efforts to expand the reach of America’s founding ideals laid the groundwork not only for women’s suffrage and the abolition of slavery, but for the broader expansion of civil, political, and human rights that would characterize much of the twentieth century and continues to unfold today. L I S A PAC E V E T T E R

Drawing on a careful reading of speeches, letters and other archival sources, Lisa Pace Vetter shows the ways in which the early women’s rights movement and Abolitionism were central to the development of American political thought. A complex and thoughtful guide to the indispensable role of women in shaping the American way of life, The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists is essential for a comprehensive understanding of the history of American political thought. LISA PACE VETTER is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the author of “Women’s Work” as Political Art: Weaving and Dialectical Politics in Homer, Aristophanes, and Plato.

JULY 2017 320 PAGES PAPER • 978-1-4798-9325-6 • $30.00S (£24.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-5334-2 • $89.00X (£74.00) POLITICAL SCIENCE • HISTORY SPR I NG 2017 • NY U PRESS


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