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Eating Drugs: Psychopharmaceutical Pluralism in India

Stefan Ecks


A Hindu monk in Calcutta refuses to take his psychotropic medications. His psychiatrist explains that just as his body needs food, the drugs are nutrition for his starved mind. Does it matter how—or whether—patients understand their prescribed drugs. Millions of people in India are routinely prescribed mood medications. Pharmaceutical companies give doctors strong incentives to write as many prescriptions as possible, with as little awkward questioning from patients as possible. Without a sustained public debate on psychopharmaceuticals in India, patients remain puzzled by the notion that drug ... More

Keywords: psychotropic medication, prescribed drugs, India, mood medication, biomedical pharmaceutical companies, psychopharmaceuticals, Ayurvedic treatment, homeopathic treatment

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814724767
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814724767.001.0001


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Stefan Ecks, author

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