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The 25th anniversary of the launch of Prozac gives pause for thought: where did we go wrong?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Edward Shorter
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History of Medicine Program, University of Toronto, 207-88 College Street, Toronto M5G 1L7, Canada. Email: history.medicine@utoronto.ca
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Summary

The creation, in DSM-III, of the category ‘major depression’ can be linked to the launch, and success, of Prozac. The consequences of creating this broad diagnostic category are of concern in relation to the treatment of individuals with a diverse variety of depressive disorders.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2014 

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