Making the First Anti-Depressant: Amphetamine in American Medicine, 1929-1950

@article{Rasmussen2006MakingTF,
  title={Making the First Anti-Depressant: Amphetamine in American Medicine, 1929-1950},
  author={Nicolas Rasmussen},
  journal={Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={61},
  pages={288 - 323}
}
  • N. Rasmussen
  • Published 19 June 2006
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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