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Healthy public relations: the FDA's 1930s legislative campaign.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11568487     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this article, I argue that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an oft-overlooked government agency that acts to preserve and secure the public's health. From its early years as an agency charged with enforcement of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act, the FDA not only protected the public's health but also made the public aware of its mission, using methods as diverse as displays at county fairs and at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, radio programming, and active correspondence. The agency encouraged the public to protect itself, particularly in those arenas in which the FDA had no regulatory authority. In addition, it may have overstepped its boundaries when it actively solicited public support for a bill submitted to Congress in the early 1930s. In the dark days of the Great Depression, the FDA contended not only with limited resources and its own feelings of inadequacy in terms of what could and could not be done to protect the populace, but also with "guinea pig" books that horrified and angered many readers. By 1938, when the agency prevailed and the revisions to the 1906 Act passed Congress and were signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the FDA had done all that a responsible public health agency should do, and more.
G Kay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bulletin of the history of medicine     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0007-5140     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull Hist Med     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-09-24     Completed Date:  2001-10-25     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0141233     Medline TA:  Bull Hist Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  446-87     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Health Education / history*,  methods
Health Fairs / history
Health Promotion / history*,  legislation & jurisprudence,  standards
History, 20th Century
Legislation, Drug / history
Legislation, Food / history
United States
United States Food and Drug Administration / history*,  legislation & jurisprudence,  standards

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