TRAGIC SCENE Carnage at Miltown
Malbay, Co Clare, where Catherine Lynch was killed
Using historical records, Tone looks at how Hollywood culture and the popular press glamorized Miltown
, "the fashionable pill.
On his 1950s TV show, Milton Berle jokingly called himself "Uncle Miltown
," in praise of the drug that helped him cope with a stressful career.
The resulting pill, named Miltown
after a local, bucolic village, entered the market quietly, but by the end of 1950 it had become a pharmaceutical sensation.
was invented in 1950 and went on the market in 1955; by 1956, "an astounding one in twenty Americans had tried it.
to Xanax, Valium to Paxil, Andrea Tone's extensively researched book on the history of anti-anxiety drugs delves into the rise, fall and rise again of tranquilizers inside the complex sociohistorical context of the second half of the 20th century.
Throw in Ambien and Sonata, and "in the bad old days" sedatives such as Nembutal, Seconal, and Miltown
WORCESTER Andrew ORourke, 83, of Miltown
We also saw the first antianxiety agent, Miltown
(meprobamate), and the antidepressants Tofranil (imipramine) and Elavil (amitriptyline).
The family seat was Miltown
Castle, where George had been brought up.
He is contracted with Walt Disney, which has spent the last two years developing Miltown
, an animated series about six multicultural kids, mostly African American, from New Orleans who are audacious spirits undaunted by impromptu journeys characters much like their creator.
Marketed as a "tranquilizer," Miltown
was the first prescription drug developed specifically for the anxiety of ordinary life.