Dr. Andrea Tone

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Office: 3647 Peel St., Room 205
Phone: 398-6035
Email: andrea.tone [at] mcgill.ca


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Dr. Tone holds the Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine.  A historian by training, she has joint appointments in the Departments of SSOM and History in the Faculties of Medicine and Arts. She also holds an associate position in the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry in McGill’s Department of Psychiatry. Her scholarship explores women and health, medical technology, sexuality, psychiatry, and political economy, particularly the intersection between patient experience, cultural contexts, and technological and economic change in nineteenth and twentieth-century America.  She is currently working on a project funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on the CIA and Cold War Psychiatry.  Her work has been featured on ABC News, CBC, PBS, the History Channel, and National Public Radio. In May 2011, she received the American Psychiatric Association’s 2011 Benjamin Rush Award for her contributions to the history of psychiatry

Selected Recent Publications


2009. The Age of Anxiety: A History of America’s Turbulent Affair with Tranquilizers. Basic Books.

2007. Andrea Tone and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, eds., Medicating Modern America: Prescription Drugs in History. New York University Press.

2001. Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America. Hill & Wang.

1997. The Business of Benevolence: Industrial Paternalism in Progressive America. Cornell University Press.

1997. ed., Controlling Reproduction: An American History. Scholarly Resources.

Edited Volumes

Guest editor, “Medicine, Technology, and Society,” History and Technology (December 2002).

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

In press. “In the Matter of Rosemarie Lewis: Women and the Corporatization of Contraception.” Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge, The Body Politic/Dispatches from the Women’s Health Movement. (Seven Stories Press: 2008).

In press. “Addiction by Prescription: Women and the Problem of Tranquilizers.” Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge, eds., The Body Politic/Dispatches form the Women’s Health Movement (Seven Stories Press: 2008)

2008. “A Medical Fit.” Mary Barbercheck, Donna Cookmeyer, Hatice Ozturk, Marta Wayne, Mary Wyer, eds., Women, Science, and Technology (Routledge: 2008).

2007. “Tranquilizers on Trial: Psychopharmacology in the Age of Anxiety,” in Medicating Modern America: Prescription Drugs in History, New York University Press.

2007. Andrea Tone and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, “Introduction” to Medicating Modern America: Prescription Drugs in History, New York University Press.

2006. “From Naughty Goods to Nicole Miller: Medicine and the Marketing of American Contraceptives,” Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (July 2006).

2005. “Listening to the Past: History, Psychiatry, and Anxiety,” Canadian Journal of Psychiatry (June 2005).

2005. “History in the Archives: Preserving Psychopharmacology’s Past,” Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmcologicum (August 2005).

2004. “Heinz Lehmann: There at the Revolution,” Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmcologicum (March 2004).

2003. “Contraceptive Conundrum,” Report of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (January 2003).

2003. “Hollister in History,” Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmcologicum (July 2003).

2002. “Making Room for Rubbers: Gender, Technology, and Birth Control before the Pill,” History and Technology (Summer 2002).

2002. “The History of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health,” in Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health: Social, Psychological and Public Health Perspectives, eds. Gina Wingood and Ralph Di Clemente, Plenum.

2002. “Expectant Fathers, Body Snatching, and More: New Vistas in Medical History,” Endeavor (September 2002).

2000. “Black Market Birth Control: Contraceptive Entrepreneurship and Criminality in Gilded Age America,” Journal of American History(September 2000).

2000. “Contraceptive Consumers: Gender and the Political Economy of Birth Control in the 1930s,” in Sexual Histories: Gender and Sexuality in America, ed. Elizabeth Reiss, Blackwell (reprint from Journal of Social History(, spring 1996).


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