caroline acker, Ph.D.

Caroline Acker was the first to receive a DeWitt Stetten, Jr. Memorial Fellowship in the History of Twentieth-Century Biomedical Sciences and/or Technology at the National Institutes of Health.  From 1993 to 1994, she explored drug development, drug detection, and drug policy.  Her fellowship research focused more specifically on pharmacological work conducted on opiate analgesics within the NIH during the 1940s and 1950s and the clinical studies on opiates at the Addiction Research Center at the Public Health Service Narcotic Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Acker received her PhD in History of Health Science at University of California, San Francisco, and is currently a professor in History of Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Selected Publications:

“How Crack Found a Niche in the American Ghetto: The Historical Epidemiology of Drug-Related Harm,” BioSocieties, 2010.

with Sarah W. Tracy (ed), Altering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2004).

“Take as Directed: The Dilemmas of Regulating Analgesics and Other Psychoactive Drugs,” in Marcia L. Meldrum, ed., Opioids and Pain Relief: A Historical Perspective (IASP Press, 2003).

Creating the American Junkie: Addiction Research in the Classic Era of Narcotic Control (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).

“Planning and Serendipity in the Search for a Nonaddicting Opiate Analgesic,” in Gregory J. Higby, ed., Medicines: The Inside Story (American Institute for the History of Pharmacy, 1997).

“Addiction and the Laboratory: The Work of the National Research Council's Committee on Drug Addiction, 1928-1939,” Isis, 1995.

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Last updated: 29 March 2012
First published: 2 February 2005
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