Medicine: Happiness by Prescription

In Beverly Hills a woman patient asked her doctor for a prescription for a popular tranquilizing drug. The pills, she explained, were for her daughter, who needed them to get through the trying first week of her honeymoon. In Boston a sunburned blonde asked her druggist for a bottle of "happiness pills." Said she: "I just got back from Florida, and everybody down there gets them."

From the mental hospitals, where reserpine and derivatives of chlorpromazine provided one of the century's great breakthroughs in psychiatry (TIME, March 7, 1955), the use of the tranquilizers...

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