FDA: A History
The only documentary to tell the story of the first 100 years of the U.S. FDA
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The Toadstool Millionaires

James H. Young

The seminal work on the history of patent medicine in the United States and the fight for the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 by the world’s foremost scholar on the FDA.

Protecting America's Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation

Philip J. Hilts

An experienced health journalist’s inquiry into the formation of the Food and Drug Administration and it’s co-evolution with the industries it regulates.

The Great American Medicine Show: Being an Illustrated History of Hucksters, Healers, Health Evangelists and Heroes from Plymouth Rock to the Present

David Armstrong

A series of well researched articles on health fads that have informed public thinking on health and health products in the 20th century. This book offers profiles of health gurus both cynical and sincere with anecdotes on everything from Fletcherizing food to current diet and exercise crazes.

Snake Oil, Hustlers and Hambones: The American Medicine Show

Ann Anderson

The American medicine show is explored in this study of “wonder cures” and entertainment culture. Harry Houdini, Buster Keaton and P.T. Barnum are only a few of the performers who promoted all manner of pills, ointments and extracts and provided a distinctly American pastime.

The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity

Roy Porter

One of the most concise and engaging histories of western medicine. Porter writes on notable advances through the centuries from Egyptian medicine and Hippocrates to the present, and includes discussions of the advances  that have revolutionized public health including pure water, nutrition, pharmacology, surgery and diagnostic techniques.

Pure Ketchup a History of America's  National Condiment with Recipes

Andrew F. Smith

A history of America’s beloved condiment, starting with the origin of the word and culminating with the fight to eliminate preservatives. Smith includes 50 ketchup recipes that chart the history of the product.


Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health,
Revised and Expanded Edition (California Studies in Food and Culture)

Marion Nestle

An authoritative insider’s look into how food policy is created. Nestle speaks authoritatively on the current history of nutrition and her experience as  the nutrition chair at New York University and an editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report. Nestle brings her unique perspective to industry’s influence on government regulation.


For God, Country, and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It

Mark Pendergrast

The riveting saga of the early days of the soft drink industry and the beginnings of mass marketing of foods. This encyclopedic history of Coca-Cola traces the trademark drink’s history from its early beginnings as just another cocaine-laced patent medicine to its present status as an American consumer product icon.